By Sifiso Ngwenya
Renowned music producer Lynol Siwela, popularly known as Mr Brown, has found himself caught up in a deportation controversy following allegations of overstaying his visa in South Africa.
Yesterday, reports emerged stating that Mr. Brown is facing pressure to leave South Africa and return to his native Zimbabwe due to an alleged failure to renew his work permit.
The news has triggered a wave of sympathy from South Africans who empathize with Mr Brown’s predicament.
Acknowledging the situation, Mr Brown admitted to surpassing his authorized stay in South Africa by a month. He revealed that he had relied on his former label, Open Mic, to assist him in resolving the matter.
While some may perceive this as a significant issue, Mr Brown remains optimistic, emphasizing that the overstay was unintentional and that he had been living in South Africa legally with his wife and the impending arrival of their child.
Expressing frustration and disappointment with the public’s attention on his personal life, Mr Brown took to his Facebook page to address the situation.
He urged people to shift their focus towards assisting those in need and making a positive impact.
“It is disheartening to see people focusing on my life when there are others out there struggling to even put food on the table. Let’s redirect our attention towards helping those in need and making a positive impact in their lives,” posted Mr Brown.
His heartfelt plea resonated with South Africans, who have rallied behind him, offering words of support, encouragement, and advising him to disregard the negativity.
The overwhelming support for Mr Brown highlights the unity and resilience of South Africans. Fans of Mr Brown and Makhadzi, along with music enthusiasts nationwide, have united to stand by the music producer during this challenging time.
Many fans have urged Mr Brown to ignore the negativity and concentrate on building his legacy.
South Africans have taken to social media platforms to express their love and admiration for Mr Brown’s work.
They recognize the positive impact his music has had on their lives and encourage him to stay focused on his career despite the setback of deportation.
Numerous messages of support and well-wishes have flooded Mr. Brown’s social media accounts, fostering a sense of solidarity and unity.