I know Lunga, I worked and lived in an apartment above his performing spot for a year. I respected the fact that this was his way of making a living and donated food and money as often as I could.
But this whole debacle is getting ridiculous! There are numerous businesses in my building and the one across from us with working professionals who had to endure this during working hours, and believe me, it’s louder than you might think. He played outside his allocated time slot NUMEROUS times and acted in a defensive manner when we asked him to play during his allowed times.
Now regarding the incident; a friend of mine who also works nearby witnessed the whole thing unfold. This is his take on what happened:
“… I happened to be walking past when this incident happened. The police was there to remove the blind busker, after if I had to guess one of the businesses across from him mostly likely complained about the noise. The police spent a good 15 min just talking to him, explaining that he had to go. Next to him was who I later found out was his daughter acting hysterically.
After much discussion the police decided that he is not going to budge. As soon as they laid a hand on him he started kicking and waving his arms around in a violent fashion. During this scuffle his guitar was broken…”
I admire South Africans standings together for a cause, but pick your battles people. Do your homework and try and see a situation like this from everyone’s perspective, Lunga’s, surrounding businesses and that of the police.
Edit: What is the main issue here? Police brutality in South Africa? If it is then rather turn your attention to an incident where the brutality was in fact uncalled for and an outright injustice.
A picture I took from my apartment, Lunga’s ‘spot’ is a few meters out of frame on the right. All the windows above Kauai and the MTN shop are offices. We respected his trade, why not respect ours?