Zodwa Wabantu was forced to cancel a huge gig after she was denied entry into Lesotho.
She wasn’t the only one that lost out as organisers of the Glamorous Lesotho event, which was supposed to take place on Saturday, were also forced to cancel their event after receiving a notice from the government which said it wouldn’t allow Zodwa into the country.
On Wednesday, Lesotho’s Minister of Local Government, Chieftainship, Home Affairs, and Police, Lebona Lephema, issued a statement prohibiting Zodwa from entering the country but not cancelling the event.
“Please be advised that the South African lady known as Zodwa Wabantu, whom you have invited to Lesotho, will be denied entry into the country,” the minister said.
“Zodwa is known to perform without wearing anything decent in public, the conduct which amounts to public indecency.”
Zodwa is known for her racy performances in which she entertains while wearing only her underwear or a tiny skirt. While this is legal in South Africa, it isn’t in Lesotho.
According to the country’s law, “a person who creates or takes steps in any incident spectacle or performance, or who does in public or private indecent act which is calculated to offend any reasonable member of the public, commits a crime.”
The administration of the country maintains that they are not “prepared to wait until a crime is committed,” thus they have barred her from entering the country.
Among the other reasons mentioned for prohibiting Zodwa from entering Lesotho is the country’s religious beliefs.
“As a Christian nation, we are not prepared to compromise our Christian values. It is for those reasons that Miss Zodwa Wabantu will not be permitted to enter the country.”
You can read the full statement below: