MUTARE’S Club 263 sold a dummy to pleasure seekers when raunchy South African socialite Zodwa Wabantu failed to turn up at the night spot as initially advertised. Her camp decided to abort the trip. Organisers of the show Divine Assignments announced the cancellation yesterday and said the development was beyond their control.
“She cancelled all shows. We are not sure why. We are ready but she won’t come. We cannot force her to come so everything involving her shows here has been suspended,” noted Divine Assignment in a statement. This is the second time for Zodwa Wabantu’s visit to Zimbabwe to be cancelled. She could not perform at the Harare International Carnival in September after actress Anne Nhira successfully protested against her visit on moral grounds due to the artiste’s fame of publicly showcasing her acts without panties.
Club 263 resident disc jockey, DJ Spy, who confirmed that Zodwa would be performing at the watering hole last week, said the controversial South African artiste was barred from performing after she posted unpalatable political messages denigrating the country’s leadership on social media.
“We had made all arrangements for the show but unfortunately she was not allowed to perform in the country after she posted unpalatable political messages denigrating the country’s leadership on her social media page. We sincerely apologise to our patrons for the inconvenience caused,” he said.
Club management had already hung posters around the city and distributed fliers as part of advertisement ahead of the much murmured about show. Apart from Zodwa providing the main act, resident DJs Spy and Ice were also set to keep revellers on their toes all night.
Zodwa was also set to entertain her fans in Bulawayo at Club Connect last Thursday, then head to the Sunshine City, Harare, for her debut visit last Friday at Harare’s Private Lounge before coming to Mutare at the newly opened Club 263. Her camp decided to abort the trip. Organisers of the show Divine Assignments announced the cancellation yesterday and said the development was beyond their control.