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Saint Lounge patrons are demanding a refund after US singer Akon was a ‘no show’.
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‘Where’s my R1m?’: Patrons demand refund over Saint’s Akon saga

Saint Lounge patrons have expressed disbelief over claims Akon was a ‘no-show’ – some have demanded a refund for their hefty booking fees!

Saint Lounge

Saint Lounge patrons are demanding a refund after US singer Akon was a ‘no show’.
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US singer Akon’s no-show at Saint Lounge this week and the establishment’s hefty R1 million table booking have had social media users wonder if the whole saga was just a scam…

The star was meant to perform for three consecutive nights – 3 – 5 January –  at the Harrington Street hotspot. However, on the second night of his “exclusive” tour, Saint backtracked and claimed that the award-winning performer had never pitched up!

On Wednesday evening, the Cape Town club issued a statement claiming that Akon had “not honoured his booking.”

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Following their lengthy statement, Saint Lounge patrons and social media followers shared their views about the saga.

Many claimed that Saint had either scammed their patrons or that Akon had scammed Saint. Others demanded a “refund” for being duped into paying an entrance fee or table booking for an artist who was a “no show.”

Micky_mull: “Let’s just all be honest. Akon was never booked. SEND US PROOF OF PAYMENTS”

Https.confi: “Akon? No no. A con”

Obi12_kenobi: “Are you giving refunds? You guys are full of drama.”

_kgantshang: “You guys spoke to Akhona’s representatives, not Akon.”

Nipxcellence: “In other words, you guys were scammed. Please refund our R1m, or I’ll be naming and shaming you on my profile.”

Jl_masiteng: “I want my full R1 000 000 refund now!”

Martinslabbert: “You announced the event two days ago. Since when does an event and an artist of this level get confirmed and booked at this short notice? Simply does not add up.”


In their statement posted on their social media accounts, Saint Lounge claimed that Akon had failed to show up to his performance on Tuesday, 3 January. The establishment also hinted that they had been duped into believing the star would honour the deal.

It read: “We were approached by representatives of Akon with an opportunity for us to book him. After numerous meetings, we agreed on a sum to be paid. We then paid over the amount to the representatives as per our agreement in full and on time.

“We have now noticed that there seems to be an issue that we are still trying to ascertain the facts thereof between the representatives of the artist and his management, which has caused Akon to not honour the booking.”

Saint Lounge then revealed that the remainder of the “performances” had subsequently been cancelled.

It added: “We are a reputable brand that has always delivered. You, our loyal customers deserve the best, and we would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused”.

Saint did not mention refunds to patrons who attended the event on Tuesday.


Before issuing a statement on Akon’s no-show, social media users expressed their suspicions at Saint Lounge’s “false advertising” after noticing that the singer had failed to appear at the event.

The South African contacted Saint Lounge via their table booking contact details and was informed that “Akon had performed last night” [Tuesday evening]. The establishment also promised to send through pictures and videos of the singer’s performance via WhatsApp.