Popular Cape Town venue Shimmy Beach Club has announced that they have cancelled the upcoming performance of Congolese musician and convicted rapist, Koffi Olomide.
Olomide’s scheduled performance at the Gallagher Convention Centre in Johannesburg June 28 has also been reportedly cancelled.
Yay! Good news! Gallagher Convention Centre has just confirmed to our campaign that the concert is not going ahead🎉🎈🎊— #StopKoffiOlomide (@StopKoffiOlomi1) June 19, 2019
He was meant to perform in Cape Town on June 30.
Olomide in March 2019 was found guilty of statutory rape of one of his former dancers when she was 15. According to BBC News Olomide “was handed a two-year suspended jail sentence by a court in France in absentia, as he failed to turn up.”
The cancellation of the shows come after mounting calls from a group known as Stop Koffi Olomide collective who launched a petition and campaign to bar the musician from performing within South Africa.
This is a time sensitive campaign. We have less than two weeks to #StopKoffiOlomide. Gallagher Convention Centre in Johannesburg and @ShimmyBeach in Cape Town are the concert venues. pic.twitter.com/swqpBIh1uW— #StopKoffiOlomide (@StopKoffiOlomi1) June 17, 2019
Shimmy Beach Club on Tuesday, tweeted that they had “made the decision last week not to host the Koffi Olomide even that was being run by an outside promoter.
Speaking to News24 Charles Wilson, CEO at the Gallagher Convention Centre said that “the event listing has already been removed from the website and our marketing department is working on an official statement.”