Founder and director of the Mitchell's Plain Festival, Rozario Brown apologised to festival goers who got caught in a stampede at the gate.
Brown says festival goers usually number around 2000 - 3000 people but this year the numbers doubled, which is something they did not anticipate.
Because of the crime in the Cape Flats, Brown says there was no way he could let people go into the event venue without searching them. He had to put safety first which in turn caused the overcrowding at the gates.
There is absolutely no way I am allowing people in the grounds without being searched becasue by not doing that you will allow people with knifes and guns - that slowed down the process at the gates.— Rozario Brown, Founder and director of the Mitchell's Plain Festival
What we had this weekend was a very unique experience where we had some people in the front who were hellbent to push the gates. I even told the security not to let these group in.— Rozario Brown, Founder and director of the Mitchell's Plain Festival
He says with the preparations for next year will definitely make provision for these kind of incidents.
A little boy that was badly hurt during the stampede is out of hospital and recovering well at home, says Brown.
People in Cape Town love this event, they enjoy this event. It's alcohol free and drug free event and we dont tolerate those things there.— Rozario Brown, Founder and director of the Mitchell's Plain Festival
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