According to Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, South African entertainer Zodwa Wabantu is not welcome to perform in his country because everything she stands for is against their ‘local morals’.
Addressing media personnel after officially opening Bindura Community Information Centre, Mugabe mentioned that the dancer was not welcome to perform in Zimbabwe because her brand did not conform to what they believe in. He said that he is aware that the decision to ban her from participating in official government events made him a “killjoy.”
He said: “I’m sorry we disappointed many men”.
Nevertheless, he slammed Wabantu for wanting to storm his country and perform without underwear.
“Who was that again? We don’t want an intransigent or stubborn nobody coming nakedly, coming to cause problems. What will be your purpose for coming?
“So man can see you? No, I’m sorry. We disappointed many men who are complaining. I heard that they wanted her to come. Those are the thoughts we don’t want, let that happen only where she comes from, let it remain there.”
Zodwa Wabantu was billed to perform at the Harare International Carnival, but the gig was cancelled at the 11th hour.
A Zimbabwean tabloid reported that Censorship Board chairperson and former Cabinet minister Aeneas Chigwedere said Zodwa’s act had “immoral overtones”. Thus, she would not be allowed to perform because they needed to protect the youths and the community at large.
“I have reserved my comment on this matter, but I might as well make it now. There is no doubt that her appearance is a travesty to our culture. We are told that she will not be wearing a panty. It has some serious immoral overtones. We will not expose our youths to such behaviour,” Chigwedere said.
The 32-year-old dancer was left fuming after the decision to ban her from performing in the country was taken. She wondered why they even bothered in the first place to book her, knowing how she performs.