Wednesday, August 30

Mahlatse Ramatseba



It turns out that club-dancer extraordinaire, Zodwa Wabantu, real name Zodwa Libram, has not been given the green light to take her no-panty act to Zimbabwe.

In fact, the Zimbabwean Ministry of Tourism and Hospitality Industry has banned Zodwa from performing at the Harare International Carnival on the 6th of September.

This despite the fact that the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority has apologized for comments which they made about Zodwa at a press conference last week.

The Daily Sun reported last week that the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority had booked Zodwa for a show, but only on condition that she “cover the essentials”.

According to the Authority, Zodwa’s pantyless show would compromise their principles and offend the chiefs and traditional leaders in attendance.

Zodwa’s response to that was simple, “bayanya”.

It then emerged yesterday that Zimbabwe Tourism Authority had apologized to her and granted their permission for her act to go on as planned.

But now, it is understood that despite the Authority’s apology, Zodwa is still banned from performing at the carnival, allegedly due a Zimbabwean actress complaining to the Zimbabwean Ministry of Tourism and Hospitality Industry.

A complaint was received from local actress Anne Nhira who questioned why it is that a South African was being hired to perform when there many young Zimbabweans who were working hard and are capable of doing the “job”.
In a letter from the acting Minister of Tourism and Hospitality Industry, Patrick Zhuwao tells Anne that Zodwa “may not participate at the Harere International Carnival”.

“In this regard, the relevant authorities have been notified,” said Patrick.

Zodwa has since told TshisaLive that she only found out about the complaint on social media.

"To be honest I don't even understand where she is coming from. If I was a nobody, I wouldn't have received the invite in the first place. So maybe it comes from a place of jealousy. Why would a person just randomly write such a letter?" Zodwa said.

"I will remain Zodwa whether I perform there or not. For her, people will now know who she is because of me," she continued.

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