The conservative African state was concerned the South African performer would undermine their values.
Reuters has reported that controversial South African entertainer Zodwa Wabantu has been deported from Zambia over concerns about Christian morality and that her performance would “undermine national values”.
Zambia is very conservative. Her promoter told Reuters she had been put on an early SAA flight this morning.
She was due to perform in Lusaka tonight for a local entertainment company’s album launch. The country’s arts council had rejected the application for her to perform.
The controversial entertainer made headlines in the SADC country after the National Guidance and Religious Affairs Minister, Godfridah Sumaili told state-run newspaper The Times of Zambia that she was not welcome in the country and was promoting immorality.
The minister later told another newspaper that Zodwa was not banned from the country but that it was a Christian nation, and the entertainer was “unchristian”.
However, Zodwa has apparently told TshisaLIVE that she would be performing in the country this weekend and will be doing so without panties.
“I will never wear a panty. I won’t change who I am for them. Maybe they think they will pray for me or make me better. I survived 2017 and I will survive this year. They can go and f**k off if they have a problem with it,” she told the publication.
Zodwa added that she did not understand why not wearing underwear was such a big deal because there were many Christians who did worse behind closed doors.
This is not the first time that Zodwa has received resistance from another country. Last year then Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe hauled her over the coals and stopped her from performing in the country.