Zodwa in no show again

HARARE – South African socialite and dancer Zodwa Wabantu who was billed to grace Private Lounge in Harare and Club Connect in Bulawayo has once again duped her local promoters, Devine Assignments.

This is the second time that Zodwa has sold her local promoters a dummy.

“Devine Assignments regrets to announce the cancellation of Zodwa Wabantu’s scheduled tour of Zimbabwe which was supposed to start on Thursday December 7 in Harare and in Bulawayo on December 8.

“As we had paid her for, we are treating this unfortunate incident of bad faith, unprofessionalism and outright deceit as fraud and will be advised by our partners on the way forward. We deeply regret this turn of events for the fans who were anticipating the show,” reads a statement from Devine Assignments director Biggie Chinoperekwei.

This comes barely a month after the mother of one sold another dummy to the same promoters.

Last month she was booked for three shows in Bulawayo (Club Connect), Harare (Private Lounge) and Mutare (Club 263) but she chose not to fulfil assignment claiming she feared the former Ppresident Robert Mugabe despite the fact that she had accepted advance payment.

After the resignation of Mugabe, Zodwa agreed to fulfil the shows on December 7 and 8 in Harare and Bulawayo respectively.

However, she was nowhere to be found on the last minute.

“While every effort was made to ensure that the socialite fulfils her scheduled appearances, in bad faith and with no communication, Zodwa has gone incommunicado and all access lines to her are either going unanswered, or are totally off. This is in spite of the fact that to ensure she turns up, we as an entertainment entity had sent an emissary to Durban to be her chaperone and accompany her to Harare for her tour,” reads the statement.

“Although she had talked to the chaperone and promised to pick them up from the airport, Zodwa did not turn up and has been running circles around the chaperone and us. While we appreciate that her legions of fans in Zimbabwe have been clamouring to have us bring her to the nation, our patience has worn thin and barring a very spectacular explanation from Zodwa, we will NOT be having any further dealings with her.”

Initially the controversial socialite was invited to be part of the Harare International Carnival held in September courtesy of Zimbabwe Tourism Authority but she faced a lot of resistance from some sections of the society who viewed her dressing as misfit to the Zimbabwean culture.

After some heated social debate, Zodwa was banned to perform at the event by the Censorship Board because of her stance in not wearing underwear, a development that was deemed a threat to Zimbabwe’s conservative culture.

Later, the Censorship Board chaired by former Education minister Aeneas Chigwedere cleared Zodwa to come into the country but she failed to attend for undisclosed reasons.