ZODWA ON DEPORTATION : I WAS A PAWN


Zodwa Wabantu has spoken out after she was deported from Zambia yesterday. She said she felt like she has become a pawn in a fight between Zambian authorities and her promoters.

"They stopped me at the airport and said I couldn't perform. They didn't give me any reasons. I think our promoters were also in the dark. I didn't even leave the hotel," she told The Times.

Zodwa said a fight ensued between her promoters and Zambian authorities, and after hours of discussion, she was told she would be put on the first flight back to South Africa. According to Reuters, the reason for her deportation was over concerns about Christian morality and fears that her performance would “undermine national values”.

Zodwa said she was not angry with Zambian authorities and hoped to return to the country soon.

"Leave them to fight, I will be back when they are ready to have me. There was so much fighting between them. I am just an entertainer who was invited to perform. I was stuck in the middle of it all. I would love to still perform in Zambia in the future."

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