Melanie Verwoerd | Matric Rage cancellations: Let's put the blame where the blame is due

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Revelers at a previous Rage festival.
Revelers at a previous Rage festival.
Lulama Zenzele

Melanie Verwoerd writes that she understands the frustration of the Rage Festival CEO, who recently lashed out at the media, but says he is pointing fingers in the wrong direction.

A few days ago, Rage Festival Group CEO, Greg Walsh, did a Donald Trump or - if you prefer - a Fikile Mbalula. In a video statement, he blamed the media for the cancellation of the Ballito and Plett raves.

Before I go any further, let me say that I am genuinely sorry for anyone who lost work and income because of the cancellations. It is really tough and something that millions of South Africans (and people around the world) have had to cope with since the outbreak of the pandemic. I'm also sorry for the matrics, who could not have the parties they were looking forward to, which is another sad reality of the times we live in. I know it is a small consolation at this point, but it will be an amazing story to tell your grandchildren one day. 

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