Russell Brand refused entry to South Africa

Russell Brand was forced to cancel a stand-up performance in Johannesburg on Friday as part of his 'Messiah Complex World Tour', after authorities banned him from boarding a flight.

The 38-year-old comedian tweeted: '"Tonight's J-burg show cancelled. SA authorities REFUSE TO LET ME INTO YOUR COUNTRY. Trying to resolve it."

The star later believed the situation had been resolved and told his fans he would be able to make it for Saturday's show.

He explained: "South Africa! I'm allowed in! AUTHORITY YIELDED TO YOUR PEOPLE POWER! I'll be on stage tomorrow night in J-Burg #MessiahComplex"

Shortly after, it seems Brand was given false hope as he once again reiterated he was "refused entry".

He added: "Banned from South Africa. Here ready to go. Refused entry. Hope I can come soon #MessiahComplex"

Brand was expected to perform four sold out shows in the city before taking to the stage in Cape Town on November 19.

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