Zodwa Wabantu still to perform in eSwatini amidst complaints

Following controversy sparked by a religious leader in eSwatini about Zodwa Wabantu’s upcoming appearance in the country, the socialite has taken to social media to respond to an article published on the matter.

eSwatini League of African Churches’ Bishop Samson Hlatshwayo sparked conversation when he spoke to Times of Swaziland, laying a complaint about Zodwa Wabantu’s upcoming appearance in eSwatini. Zodwa Wabantu is one of three South African artists, alongside Babes Wodumo and DJ Tira, who have been invited to perform at the Baceth Music Festival, set to take place in August 2019. The festival was created with the intention of offering attendees a variety of music genres, including gospel music.

Religious leaders have openly spoken out about the inclusion of gospel music and other music genres like gqom, house and hip-hop, noting that it could cause mixed messages for people. They especially expressed discomfort about the presence of controversial personalities like Zodwa Wabantu, who will share the stage too.

Zodwa Wabantu rose to fame for her famous dance moves and her confidence in her body, always dressed in revealing clothing, leaving very little to the imagination. However, when the star heard about the news, she responded by posting a picture of the article on her Instagram account on Monday, 24 June 2019, and captioned the image with the following message, “So I’m booked in an event that will have a Bishop! Is it my problem? [You also have your own demons]. Let’s pray as a nation, not judge each other. God is love.”

Although there were fears that Zodwa Wabantu might be removed from the line-up, the festival’s publicist, Mduduzi Mabuza spoke to local media in an article published on Wednesday, 26 June 2019, commenting, “The event will go ahead as we have advertised and all the artists who were booked will perform, including Zodwa. Whoever is booked but is not comfortable with Zodwa performing can withdraw themselves from the festival.”