Publicity stunt backfires on Afrikaans rap artist

2013-08-08 00:00

CONTRARY to reports, Jack Parow was not arrested last night and the Afrikaans rap artist will be appearing at the annual Oppikoppi Festival near Northam in Limpopo.

As part of a publicity stunt, Parow yesterday posted a cellphone video of himself in what looked like a police charge office, claiming he had been arrested for disturbing the peace after borrowing a boat for a rowdy, late night paddle on the Vaalkop dam some 60 kilometres from the festival grounds.

“The bra’s [police] don’t want to let us go”, the artist stated, adding this meant he would not be able to perform at Oppikoppi.

Louise Crouse, Parow’s publicity agent, later issued a statement saying Parow was arrested at about 1.30 am for public misconduct and disturbing the peace, and that the artist would no longer perform at the event on Saturday as a result.

But yesterday the provincial police spokesperson in the North West, Captain Pelonomi Makau, said Parow and his friends were not arrested.

She confirmed that police officers from the Assen police station were summoned to the Vaalkop dam because a group of people were disturbing the peace, but the officers just warned the rowdy group to turn it down. “No one was arrested,” Makau said.

Parow’s false claims caused his fans to react with disappointment and anger at the police. Many of them were vehement in their criticism.

When Crouse was told about the police statement, she said: “It has meanwhile emerged that Parow is busy arranging something big for Oppikoppi.”

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