If you’ve ever been to St Georges Mall in Cape Town you would most likely have heard the blind guy playing his guitar. He’s been there for years and plays the same tune day in and day out. Well that was till yesterday when he was forcibly removed, his guitar got smashed and he was dragged away by SA police.
According to the Cape Times, 51 year old Lunga Goodman Nono now faces a R1500 fine for busking outside his permitted time and refusing to stop.
And here’s amateur video of the cops taking him away.
If you don’t know who he is then just go search YouTube..plenty of tourists have uploaded videos of him playing. Just like this one.
And here’s how witnesses on social media decribed what happened.
I reckon we should all chip in and pay his fine.
Support has poured in for blind busker, Lunga Goodman. Facebook groups opened, people have opened a bank account to help get donations to pay his fine, a gathering of supporters has been organised for today in St Georges Mall and several folks have offered up replacement guitars. A recording studio has even offered to record and mix a song for him.
“A recording offer is on the cards for blind busker Lunga Goodman Nono, who was forcefully moved by metro police officers on Monday for allegedly contravening city by-laws by performing for longer than his permit allowed. Nono’s guitar was smashed by several metro police in front of his wife, Abigail, and 10-year-old daughter, Portia. A passer-by who saw the incident has bought Nono a new guitar. ” [iol]