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Controversial musician Mzwakhe Mbuli has revealed plans to launch a campaign called Shoot the Pirate.
Internet reports say the veteran muso is mobilising fellow musicians to join the campaign, which is scheduled to kick off next month. The aim of the campaign is to stop pirates from selling fake CDs and DVD’s in city centres.
Mbuli accuses cops of encouraging people to buy and sell fake CDs because they also buy them. “The state is doing nothing to protect us from the illegal selling of our work. Instead, police are found in full state uniform buying fake CDs from the suspects.”
He said artists were starving while pirates made millions on the streets with the support of the police.
The Creative Workers Union of South Africa (CWUSA) in Mpumalanga has also called for government to speed-up interventions.
“Anti-piracy should not be a campaign that only involves artists, it should involve communities and government structures alike,” said CWUSA provincial co-ordinator Alpheus Nhlabathi.