Johannesburg – Local singer Berita -who recently released her debut album - was forced to cancel a scheduled performance on Saturday, 30 September at Kwanokuthula Stadium in Plettenberg Bay because of a machete wielding assailant who made his way on stage.
The singer and her team escaped unharmed.
Vth Season, who manage Berita, released the following statement; "Due to a security threat that occurred on Saturday night, Berita was unable to complete her set at the Kwanokuthula Stadium in Plettenberg Bay.
"Berita and Vth Season would like to extend their apologies to the excited 2000 fans that come out to see Berita perform, where she was the headliner and only performing act on the line-up.
"Two songs into Berita’s performance, a man with a machete made his way on stage and started cutting sound cables before proceeding to follow Berita with the knife. Berita and her manager, Ninel Musson, who was with her at the time, both managed to escape unharmed."
'It was one the scariest incidents'
"It was one of the scariest incidents I have experienced at a show. I was with Berita and we are both grateful to have escaped alive and unharmed. We regret that Berita was unable to complete her set as the crowd in attendance were extremely excited to see her perform and many travelled from far to witness the African Jewel live,” expressed Ninel Musson, Director at Vth Season.
Even though in shock, Berita wanted to go back and complete her set to the thousands of fans who came out, but was told it was not safe to do so.
Previous communication by Berita on social media indicated that the man had been arrested, but this is not the case and the suspect is still at large.
Here's a recent photo of Berita performing on stage: