Mzanzi gets first taste of Bieber fever

2013-05-09 00:00

CAPE TOWN — Eating McDonald’s, facebooking and singing Justin Bieber songs.

That was how thousands of teenage girls spent their day “Bieber-bunking” yesterday instead attending school.

Some of them even camped out at the Cape Town stadium on Tuesday night to be first in line for the Bieber show, which had sold out in minutes.

Pietermaritzburg schoolgirls Shannyn (13) and Jenna (6) from Allandale received special permission from their mom, Sheila Pillay, to skip school and attend the show.

The girls are keen “Beliebers” and grabbed the chance to see their idol perform.

“Their tickets were a Christmas gift from their Aunt Beverly from Johannesburg and they were just thrilled,” Pillay told The Witness.

Along with their aunt and hundreds of other Beliebers, the girls waited outside the stadium from early in the morning and entered at 11 am.

Pillay expected the girls to return home tonight.

Not all adults understand what the fuss is about. Said Miché Janse van Rensburg (16) of Strand. “I told my teacher I had fever. She asked: ‘What fever?’ and I said the ‘Bieber Fever!’.”

Miché and her friend, Silca Pienaar (16), started queuing from 10.45 am yesterday for the 8 pm show. Miché packed a spare battery so that she could update all her friends on Facebook.

Another pupil who cheerfully did a Bieber bunk was Courney-Love Dalhouzie (16) of Brackenfell High School.

“My mom said it was OK, because she is just as big a fan. Justin Bieber has the most amazing voice, the most amazing body and his eyes are just as beautiful. I think I’m going to cry and scream and go totally crazy when I see him.”

The Bousfield and Cuturi families travelled from Zambia. They wore denims embroidered with “Justin” and “Bieber”.

Bieber arrived by private jet on Tuesday. His first tweet on South African soil simply read: “AFRICA”. He will perform in Johannesburg on Sunday.

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