Zodwa Wabantu urges fans to stay calm over Zambia deportation

Lester Mason
March 13, 2018

Zambian immigration authorities deported South African performer Rebeca Libram alias Zodwa Wabantu early on Saturday.

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The 32-year-old mother, also fell afoul with former South African President Jacob Zuma for her dress sense and for her graphic utterances.

"Zodwa has been deported", her Zambian promoter Lucky Munakampe told Reuters.

Speaking to TsishaLIVE, Wabantu asked that her fans not "confront" or "fight" with Zambians stating that "we are all Africans" and "all brothers and sisters".

Wabantu, who was due to appear as star guest at an album launch in Lusaka, was reportedly detained upon arrival at the Kenneth Kaunda International Airport at 21:00 hours Friday night.


Zambia's religious affairs minister Godfridah Sumaili told AFP last week that Zodwa would not be allowed to perform in the country.

In a statement from National Arts Council of Zambia dated March 7, 2018, Miss Wabantu was banned from performing in the country because her performance would "undermine Zambia's National values".

"Zambia is a Christian nation where morality and ethics have to be followed".

Following a backlash, censorship authorities later backtracked and allowed Wabantu to perform at a private venue, but she refused to go saying she was afraid.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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