Bongekile Simelane, otherwise known as Babes Wodumo, has weighed in on the xenophobic attacks in the country, and in her uninformed opinion, “everything would be smooth if Nigerians left South Africa.”
Who is Babes Wodumo?
Babes Wodumo is a famous South African musician from KwaZulu-Natal. The singer’s well-documented and eventful life, matched with her onstage talents, has catapulted her into stardom, making her one of South Africa’s most influential artists.
She is known best for her internationally-acclaimed hit single, Wololo, and is currently signed to her manager and romantic partner, Mandla Maphumulo’s label, West Ink records.
International community condemns xenophobic attacks in South Africa
The singer’s sentiments around the xenophobic attacks in South Africa fell on the other end of the spectrum, compared to her fellow compatriot’s, Sho Madjozi.
The singer from Limpopo, currently raking in the numbers with her new single titled John Cena, put the entire situation to perspective by delving a little deeper than everyone else.
The reason we have bad leaders is because we want bad answers. We want people to say “foreign nationals are completely innocent” or to say “foreign nationals are completely responsible for crime”.
— #LimpopoChampionsLeague (@ShoMadjozi) September 3, 2019
Her sentiments were echoed by other international artists, such as Jidenna, who claimed that this is nothing more than the effects of apartheid rearing its ugly head.
These #xenophobicattacks and assaults on women in 🇿🇦 aren’t new. They‘re a direct symptom of apartheid & they‘ll only end once the attackers realize that women & Nigerians are not the enemy. Neo-colonialists made u feel castrated & worthless; tribalism & patriarchy are their guns
— Jidenna (@Jidenna) September 4, 2019
Tiwa Savage, a Nigerian artist, stated that she is officially pulling out of the DStv Delicious Festival’s lineup in solidarity with the plight faced by Nigerians in South Africa.
Furthermore, while this has yet to be verified by Afropunk Festival, it is possible that Burna Boy may not be performing at the event in December after he indicated that he would never set foot in South Africa again until the government does something about xenophobia.
Wodumo’s thoughts on xenophobia in South Africa
The widespread condemnation of the xenophobic attacks we have seen over the past week has done nothing to deter Wodumo from publicly promoting the violence.
The Gqom artist tweeted that she was sick and tired of Nigerians. She claimed that they need to leave South Africa, and that the rampant scourge of drug use would not be a problem if they were to leave.
Nigerians need to leave South Africa!!! . Everything would be smooth without them . Engabe akukho kwa iwunga!!
— Bongekile simelane (@BABESWODUMO___) September 3, 2019
As expected, the tweet received backlash, and people have since criticised Wodumo for using her platform to promote hate.
She will wake up tomorrow to apologize, their Lack of knowledge and Ignorance made them perished 👌
— ÒGBÉNI_BAMBAM🇳🇬 (@OGBENI_BAMBAM) September 3, 2019