They could relate to me, says South African socialite after going topless in Zambia

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Popular South African dancer Zodwa Wabantu has spoken for the first time following her performance in Namibia

The socialite who was at first fearful that she will be deported as was in the case of Zambia said that for the first time she felt liberated and not judged.

"After I was deported from Zambia, I was scared it would be the same. I had my eyes and ears to the ground to see how the people would react. My first thought was I am going to land and they will send me straight back home," she disclosed.

She went topless as she joined the women of the Himba tribe based in north-western Namibia in dance.

According to Times Live, Wabantu handed the women Sh14, 677 (R2, 000) and declared she wants to be a resident of the tribe, promising that she will visit again.

"I felt comfortable there. Why do we westernize ourselves and abandon who we are and where we come from? We still go around naked. It was a place where they could relate to me and where I felt comfortable," added the dancer.

The controversial dancer, known for performing without underwear, was deported by Namibian authorities in March 2018 for "undermining national values”.  

She was due to perform in Lusaka at the launch of a music album.

"Zambia is a Christian nation where morality and ethics have to be followed. We don't expect a woman to dance without underwear," said Godfridah Sumaili, Zambia’s religious affairs minister.

In 2017, Zimbabwean authorities also declared her persona non grata. She was to perform at the Harare International Carnival.


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