Minority lobby group AfriForum has released a statement accusing cellular giant MTN of racism for withdrawing sponsorship from an upcoming concert because controversial singer Steve Hofmeyr, who himself has been accused of racism several times, was on the bill.
Last week, MTN responded to calls on social media to pull out its sponsorship of the upcoming Afrikaans is Groot concert in protest at Hofmeyr’s inclusion. AfriForum has slammed the network provider’s decision in a statement, saying that the organisation has “launched a public campaign over the alleged racist action that is supported by the telecommunications company”.
The statement says MTN pulled out of the concert because it “does not support the personal views of one of the artists performing at the music festival. At the same time, MTN does not hesitate to act as sponsor for the political gatherings of the ANC and the EFF”.
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As it were, MTN admits with this step that they condone the ANC and EFF’s racism.