SATY Awards organisers have officially announced that the event has been postponed until next year, more like indefinitely.
The Gupta-sponsored ANN7 South African of the Year Awards (SATY) was postponed after the EFF made a clarion call for all South Africans to boycott the event.
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The EFF issued a statement calling on celebrities, such as Bonang and Somizi, to cancel their parts in the “criminal” event.
According to the statement, the Gupta family must be stopped from legitimising “their criminal activities in South Africa.” The party called on celebrities and fans to use their power to boycott the event.
“The Guptas have no moral ground to tell us who the South African of the Year is when they have clearly shown the disrespect and disdain they have for this our beloved country. And to our fellow artists, South Africa is looking to you for leadership in this matter,” the statement asserted.
But, we are not quite sure if the call influenced the postponement of the glitzy show. Nevertheless, ANN7 explained that the event was postponed due to “unforeseen regulatory circumstances”. Consequently, a new date would be announced in due course. Probably sometime in April.
On behalf of SATY Awards organisers, the event’s Moegsien Williams said;
“The postponement is due to unforeseen regulatory circumstances that have materially impacted on logistics for the event. Regretfully, this has left us with no choice but to seek a new date in the near future. We look forward to confirming a rescheduled date.”
The awards ceremony was scheduled to hold at the TicketPro Dome on November 25 with Bonang as host. And to crown it all, this year’s event would have been headlined by international pop stars Jennifer Lopez and Robin Thicke.