Capetonians to protest busker's arrest

2013-07-10 08:34
Lunga Goodman Nono (Claudia Dijkkamp, News24)

Lunga Goodman Nono (Claudia Dijkkamp, News24)

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Cape Town - A protest against the forceful removal of blind busker Lunga Goodman Nono is set to take place on Wednesday at 13:00 at Greenmarket Square in Cape Town’s CBD.

Protesters have set up a Facebook page called “Buskers Protest”.

The Cape Times reported that outraged bystanders watched as metro police officers manhandled the well-known busker on Monday while removing him from his regular position on the pedestrian street, which is popular with tourists and city workers.

Nono, 51, is facing a R1 500 fine for contravening a by-law by busking outside his permitted time and refusing to stop. He was put in a police van and taken to a police station.

The officers also allegedly broke Nono’s guitar.

A crowd had gathered on Tuesday morning where Nono usually performed, and messages had been left for the musician reading “This is Nono’s Livelihood!” and “We Will Not Stand For Injustice”.

A member of the crowd, Richard Scott, told News24: “[Nono] doesn’t rob the people, he doesn’t sell drugs, he’s just playing his guitar and people give him money to survive, how can they beat him like that?”

Nono’s permit allows him to perform between 12:45 and 14:00 on weekdays, and 10:00 to midnight on Saturdays.

Another bystander, Heinrich Khana, told News24: “It’s very unfair to a guy who can’t help himself, they broke his guitar, I don’t think it’s right.”

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