Moja Love, DStv channel 157, has broken its silence surrounding the allegedly homophobic comments made by Zodwa Wabantu on her reality show Zodwa Wabantu: Uncensored, which aired on the channel on Saturday, 6 July 2019.
The statement released today, 11 July 2019, follows the week-long dispute surrounding a range of alleged homophobic comments made on the reality show, Zodwa Wabantu: Uncensored. The comments made by the media personality sparked a petition to save her show, which served to counteract some viewers’ appeal to Moja Love to cancel the show. Zodwa Wabantu has yet to formally comment on the situation, leaving the channel to be the first to address the public outrage.
Moja Love stated, “Moja Love values, loves and respects all South Africans and as an organisation we celebrate all the diversity that enriches our country. Moja Love is a channel about universal love and we believe that love exits for everyone and is open to various interpretations”. They went on to address Zodwa Wabantu specifically, by stating, “The views expressed by Zodwa [are] regrettable and she commits to learning. As media and content producers we accept a measure of responsibility for this oversight and commit to generating edutainment and live reality stories that are based on dignity and respect.”
The public remain outraged by the incident, with many stating that the apology holds no merit considering Zodwa Wabantu said exactly how she feels. Others respected the fact that Moja Love TV has addressed the issue and claimed to cautiously grant them their forgiveness.