South Africa’s controversial socialite and dancer Zodwa Wabantu has been left disappointed by the Malawian government’s decision to ban her from performing in the country due to her “morally degrading stage acts”.
Zodwa once again made headlines on Tuesday, 7 June after it emerged that The Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Wildlife in Malawi had denied her entry into the country after reviewing videos and pictures of her stage acts. Zodwa had been billed to perform at the Winter Amapiano Vibes concert on 10 June at Dominics Hotel in Blantyre.
Speaking to The South African on Tuesday evening, Zodwa slammed the decision.
“I’m so upset…heartbroken actually. I was looking forward to visiting the country, meeting the people, and seeing the culture. I’m an entertainer, I just make people happy…I haven’t killed anyone,” she said.
A letter, which was apparently issued by the ministry and was leaked on Twitter stated Zodwa had been denied entry into the country due to her risqué stage acts.
“The Censorship Board reviewed the application in the context of the concerns regarding her controversial stage acts, and most important Zodwa as a stage artist. In processing the application, the Censorship Board had to review the pictures and video clips that are in circulation depicting Zodwa on stage.
“The ministry has noted that Zodwa has built her career and fame around morally degrading stage acts, which include flaunting her nudity to audiences,” a part of the letter read.
The Ministry of Tourism, Culture & Wildlife in Malawi has stopped Zodwa WaBantu from performing at a show she was booked at in Blantyre due to the nature of her performances.
Zodwa WaBantu has been previously banned from performing in Zimbabwe and deported when she was in Zambia pic.twitter.com/UHT0NjhQ6Y
— Musa Khawula (@MusaKhawula) June 7, 2022
This is not the first time Zodwa has been denied entry into neighbouring countries. In 2017, the controversial socialite was banned from performing at an event amid complaints from a local actress about her display of nudity on stage and that she was being “over-hyped” at the expense of Zimbabwean artists.
In 2018, Zodwa was again turned away when she tried to enter Zambia. In a statement issued at the time, Zambia’s National Arts Council said Zodwa’s performances “undermined national values”.
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