Celebs to protest after cops manhandle blind busker

2013-07-09 17:32

Outraged celebrities will take to Cape Town’s streets tomorrow to protest against an incident that saw police officials smashing a blind busker’s guitar.

Anti-police brutality protesters will gather at St Georges Mall near Greenmarket Square at 1pm. Members of the city’s arts and entertainment scene expected to attend include musicians Andy Lund and Farryl Purkiss, with comedian Paul Snodgrass in tow.

Sama-winning local guitarist Tony Cox has offered to donate a guitar to the stricken man.

Yesterday morning, busker Lunga Goodman Nono (51) was manhandled by five metro policemen in full view of pedestrians in St Georges Mall, a popular central city tourist haunt.

A crowd of traumatised onlookers tried to intervene while the police officers broke Nono’s guitar. They put him in the back of a police van and drove off.

Nono is said to have contravened a bylaw over permissible busking hours in the area.

Jean-Pierre Smith, mayoral committee member for safety and security, said he had disregarded regulations, but they would investigate whether his treatment had been “inappropriate”.

A video of the incident went viral, prompting Rolling Stone magazine to set up a fund to buy the blind busker a new instrument. The magazine reported today that local acoustic guitarist Tony Cox had offered to give Nono a new guitar.


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