Justin Bieber has joined a long list of musicians who have made a shock decision in response to the latest announcement from the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC).
The SABC announced on Wednesday it would be implementing a quota for local music on all of its 18 radio stations.
Starting today, 90% of all music played by the public broadcaster must be sourced from South African artists, regardless of quality.
The controversial decision has sent shock waves through the international music industry, with many big artists having already applied for South African citizenship.
Spokesperson for Justin Bieber, Guy Popnotes, said Bieber had already agreed a $13-million deal with the South African Department of Home Affairs for immediate citizenship.
“If all goes well, as of Monday 16 May, Justin will be in the possession of a brand new passport and will have dual Canadian / South African citizenship,” Popnotes said.
Popnotes said he considered it money well spent on Bieber’s behalf as a good 35% of his teenage fans are South African.
“We simply cannot afford to have Bieber silenced in South Africa. To have him officially declared a local South African artist seemed the only solution,” he said.
Popnotes even hinted towards a possible collaboration with popular SA music sensation, Kurt Darren.
“I’ve heard some of Kurt’s music. I think they’d do well together in a studio,” he said.
Other international artists who are rumoured to be agreeing similar lucrative deals with the Department of Home Affairs are Adele, Lionel Ritchie, Miley Cyrus, Indecent Obsession, Susan Boyle and Vanilla Ice.
At the time of going to print, the Department of Home Affairs was not available for comment.