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The festival is due to take place at Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit in Midrand on 21 and 22 September 2019.

In her tweet, published on Wednesday, Tiwa Savage wrote: “I refuse to watch the barbaric butchering of my people in SA. This is SICK. For this reason, I will NOT be performing at the upcoming DSTV delicious Festival in Johannesburg on 21 September. My prayers are with all the victims and families affected by this.”

Tiwa’s tweet relates to a wave xenophobic violence in Alexandra followed similar attacks on mostly Nigerians and other foreigner-owned shops across Johannesburg.

The attacks started in Jeppestown on Sunday and had spread to Alexandra, Tembisa, Germiston, Kempton Park, Coronation Park, Turffontein and Malvern by Tuesday.

Nigerian Afro-fusion singer and songwriter Burna also tweeted his response to violence in South Africa on Tuesday. The chart topper said that he would not be returning to South Africa until the government intervened, in very strong language.

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