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Curse of the City Hall Car Park; Myth or Reality?

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In recent times the term “Curse of the City Hall Car Park” has emerged within the media circles. The term made popular by one journalist Sindiso Dube has this week hit local publications following an event recently held there.

Victimising visitors such as Busy Signal and Busiswa, Babes Wodumo, the city hall car park has been considered as a damned venue to host shows. How the unfortunate incidents have concurrently come about remains unfathomed.

The most disastrous event at the venue up to date has been the show headlined by Caspper Nyovest that took place in September last year. After successful shows in South Africa that have earned the name #FILLUP the City Hall Car Park event he headlined had one of the poorest attendance for a big act so far. The organisers had to resort to reducing the ticket prices for the event and NUST students were bussed from the campus to attend and increase the numbers.

Writer and Arts personality Nkululeko Nkala commenting in one of his articles in a popular weekly Bulawayo publication said “I hate to break it to you; the city Hall car park is not cursed. One thing for sure is that we have unruly, uncouth and uncultured elements bent on disturbing shows.” As much as his point stands, in terms of people causing commotion at shows leading to the shows being shut down, but what happens in a situation where the cause is beyond direct human ingenuity?


What began and almost ended as a well organised show with a highly impressive attendance and line-up was thrown into a downward trajectory when ZESA decided to do what it is best known for. In the early hours of the morning when the Intwasa Shutdown/SkyzMetro FM 2nd birthday bash dubbed “Umcimbi Wabantu” was at the peak of its proceedings, the entire city went into a black out. This all happened when the headlining South African based group Soul Brothers was on stage performing. The unexpected incident triggered the angry crowd to invade the VIP and throw missiles on to the stage leading to the event ending prematurely. Although there was a back-up generator it failed to power up the stage

Although the show has been claimed as a successful event that has finally broken the jinxed venue, what happened with the electricity outage and missiles being thrown cannot be ignored. Is the Curse of the City Hall a myth or a reality? If it does not exist then is this a case of coherent misfortunates? Is there a force behind all the mishaps that always fall on the events held there? If it does exist then what does it take to break the damnation? Who will eventually win over the seemingly jinxed City Hall car park? That is a question to be answered in the future.