By Vulani Baloyi
Giyani- The #FillUpGiyaniStadium event hosted by Tsonga’s most popular artist Benny Mayengani was not only an opportunity for Giyani business people to make profit, but at least for the general populace to see entertainer ‘Zodwa wa Bantu’ live on stage for the first time in Giyani soil, and also an opportunity for counterfeit kingpins to make a living.
A group of five males aged between 21 and 36 came from Gauteng province were taken to a place of safety, after being rescued from a mob during the event which was mainly sponsored by Xilumani Holdings.
Their group is comprised of Michael Sithole 28, Modife Rampetsi 36, Jabulani Mhlongo 35, Zakhele Gwama 35, and Lucky Budiba 21 who were found in possession of counterfeit tickets.
According to Xilumani Holdings brand ambassador, Tinyiko Maluleke, the tickets were estimated to be in the value of R250 00.
Mhlongo who was among those who were arrested said, they got the tickets from a person named Skapi.
“We got the tickets from a guy by the name of Skapi. He told us the tickets were legit and that we must go hustle on the event. When we got arrested by the security we called him but lost him during the phone call”, Mhlongo said.
“Lucky Mashava of Xilumani coaches who arrested the five said he was able to notice the counterfeit tickets by their feel. Tickets from computickets are glossy”, Mashava said.
Mashava added that he believed that some attendees may have had used the counterfeit tickets to gain access to the event.