Biography And Life Of Pantyless Dancer Zodwa Wabantu
Zodwa Wabantu is a controversial South African socialite and dancer. She used to work for a debt collection company but later resigned to indulge in the entertainment industry.
Zodwa became popular for her dance moves at Durban’s Eyadini Lounge and has since climbed the entertainment ladder. She and her friends used to visit the Rock Club in Soweto and she became famous for her dance moves.
BACKGROUND AND HISTORY
Zodwa Wabantu whose real name is Zodwa Rebecca Libram born 1985 in Soweto. Zodwa Wabantu was orphaned when she was only 9 years old and she is a mother to one son.
In July 2017 at a Vodacom Durban July party held at Greyville Racecourse Zodwa wore a black figure-hugging dress that had a high slit that left people speechless.The internet went a buzz about the dress since she was pantless and speaking to Sowetan she said she wanted to proudly own the fact that she doesn’t wear any underwear – and to flaunt her cellulite with pride.
“The inspiration behind it is that I wanted to be sexy and bold,” Zodwa explained. “I wanted to show I don’t really wear a panty. In the photos my cellulite is clearly visible, I wanted to show women we don’t have to hide what we are.”
According to the ‘Daily Sun’ she defended herself and said that she is a role model to a lot of people and claimed that the negative comments would not break her.
“I am a role model for a lot of people. People are able to face their challenges because of the example I set,”
CAREER AND LIFESTYLE
Facts About Zodwa Wabantu You May Not Know
1. 32 year old Zodwa Rebecca Libram was born in Soweto and moved to Durban four years ago.
2. She was a collection agent at a debt collecting company but left the job after her socialite status took off.
3. Zodwa Wabantu is the leading dance lady of Eyadini Lounge, found in uMlazi, KwaZulu-Natal, and she has impressive dance moves.
4. Zodwa first became a sensation when pictures and videos of her dancing at Eyadini Lounge in Durban circled social media and she became an overnight star.
5. Her career has taken off in a big way and Afrotainment now handles her bookings, which start form R25k.
6. Zodwa has also been booked by international clients and has made friends in the industry such as DJ Tira
7. At the recent Durban July she wore a dress that had a slit going up to her hips, leaving nothing to the imagination as she walked, showing that wearing underwear was not the order of the day.
8. While everyone was calling her dress ‘sleazy’ or slamming her for showing too much skin, Zodwa Wabantu dedicated her controversial outfit to women everywhere.
9. She once dated Khanyi Mbau’s ex Mandla Mthembu, and she and Khanyi Mbau don’t seem to see eye to eye.
10. She is a proud mother of 11-year-old son Vuyo, who stays with her family in Soweto.
Zodwa WaBantu – Interview
She may not be a singer, an actress or television personality but Zodwa WaBantu is one of the most popular people in Durban and also on social media. Zodwa first became a sensation when pictures and videos of her dancing at Eyadini Lounge in Durban circled social media and she became an overnight ‘star’.
Zodwa says that despite having become popular there was a time when people pocked fun at her and how she dressed, particulary at how she was dressed last week at the Durban July.
“People said I was a prostitute and compared my thighs to those of a chicken. But I won’t be brought down by these comments,” Zodwa recently told Daily Sun.
Zodwa says she is currently in talks with an energy drink company to become their brand ambassador and she considers herself a role model.
“I am a role model for a lot of people. People are able to face their challenges because of the example I set,” Zodwa says.
Zodwa Wabantu says “I don’t feel sexy in panties!”
Zodwa, popularly known as Zodwa Wabantu, has become one of the main attractions at Eyadini Lounge in Umlazi where she is seen on Sundays in a body-hugging dress without underwear and a Savanna in her hand.
When the right song comes on, patrons watch in admiration as she shows off her sexy dance moves.
Zodwa was raised in Soweto and used to work as a bartender at The Rock club before she moved to KZN three years ago.
She told Daily Sun: “I stand out by just being myself. I have no weave or make-up. I depend on no man and I don’t sleep with men for money. Confidence makes a woman attractive.”
Zodwa, whose videos and pictures have been causing a stir on social media, has been praised by many for ignoring what others think. But some have bashed her for her dancing and not wearing panties.
“Underwear makes me uncomfortable. I don’t feel sexy when I’m wearing panties. It’s a preference. And people should deal with it.”
Zodwa Wabantu And Boyfriend
Zodwa previously made headlines for having an affair with Khanyi Mbau’s former husband, Mandla Mthembu. She was even mentioned in Mbau’s biography, B***h please! I’m Khanyi Mbau.
“I didn’t even know who Mandla was but he was attracted to me,” she said.
Zodwa added she owned flats, which she rented out to students.
“I use my own money. I buy my own booze. I don’t go around sleeping with men.”
Zambia Bans Controversial Zodwa Wabantu
Just days after South African pantyless entertainer Zodwa wa Bantu was deported from Zambia over nudity, the dancer is at it again at her home country after she was featured by Kwaito maestro Oskido.
According to Chronicle, some South Africans are not amused after she made an appearance in Oskido’s yet to be released Serope video wearing almost nothing, save for a dress that seemed to be running away from her bulging assets as she gyrated to the beat.
Many took offence with the skimpy dress she wore that was held at the back by nothing but straps leaving her back, famous butt and hips exposed for all to see. To cap it all she strutted the freely with no underwear underneath, a classic trademark she has come to be known for.
Unapologetic, Wabantu posted photos of herself with Oskido on the set on Instagram and the captions told it all.
“It’s a Dress Thong, stop being serious you will die soon, as long I’m with those who know the Road before me, I want my money, I care less what Society wants from me, I only contact God about my Life, I bring all the boys to the yard, given the job I take it serious” wrote Wabantu.
The comments have not spared Oskido either, some claimed that the Tsa Mandebele kids hit maker had given credence to the nudity craft that Wabantu has perfected, portraying the wrong message to the youth who look up to him.
Zambian authorities deported her early this month over her nudity in what authorities claimed went against the country’s morals and value system.
She had been expected to perform at an album launch in the South African country.
Zimbabwe okays Zodwa Wabantu visit
South African socialite Zodwa Wabantu will not be stopped from coming to Zimbabwe despite a ban imposed on her by the Board of Censors, government disclosed yesterday.
This comes after the Board of Censors barred Zodwa from participating in the ongoing Harare International Carnival on the basis that her signature look – short dress with no panties – would violate the country’s laws, especially the Censorship and Entertainment Control Act (Chapter 10: 04) section 16.
But in an interview with the Daily News yesterday, Home Affairs deputy minister Obedingwa Mguni said the popular South African socialite won’t be barred from entering Zimbabwe.
“Why should we be concerned about her coming? She has been here in Bulawayo before and why do you think we should be worried now?” he asked.
Asked if Zodwa would be allowed to take part in the Carnival, Mguni referred this paper to Tourism and Hospitality Industry minister Walter Mzembi.
“If you want to know about whether or not she will perform then ask Mzembi,” he said.
Efforts to get a comment from Mzembi were fruitless yesterday. His mobile number repeatedly went unanswered.
In an interview with a local weekly at the weekend, Mzembi said Zodwa won’t be allowed to take part in the Carnival.
“Her association, directly or indirectly with the Harare International Carnival, a government-conceived and approved branding and entertainment event, means the government is essentially the stage.
“And by the way, stages are very powerful communication platforms and therefore we could not be seen promoting how she brands her dancing through nudity or creating peeping Toms out of her audiences. Government can’t be that big peeping Tom or facilitator of such,” Mzembi was quoted as saying.
At the weekend, a defiant Zodwa Wabantu told a South African newspaper – Sunday Independent – that her trip to Harare was still on.
“My booking is not cancelled and all my travel arrangements remain the same,” she said, adding that she will not change her signature look, which drew the ire of the Board of Censors and Mzembi.
“I told them if they want me to wear a covered outfit and panties then they must buy it for me because I don’t have any. I won’t change my look just for Zimbabwe, I have so many people who admire me and book me because of my look, should I change that I’ll lose a lot of money over one gig. I can’t risk that.”
Zodwa Wabantu also hit back at former Studio 263 actress Anne Nhira who successfully appealed to government to ban her from taking part in the ongoing carnival.
“That woman is talking rubbish; my invite has not been cancelled.
“In Zimbabwe, it’s where I will be on September 7, I will not be stopped by her jealousy-driven complaint. She is not the one who invited me in the first place.
“I don’t even know why she sticks her nose in my business instead of focusing on herself. There are many Zimbabweans working in South Africa, why should it be an issue if I am invited to perform there?” said a fuming Zodwa.
The larger-than-life South African also expressed her determination to confront Nhira on the matter.
“I would love to have a word with her about this. She is just jealous of me. She must work hard on her acting career, maybe she will end up making more money like myself,” she said.
I’m going to Zimbabwe, says adamant Zodwa Wabantu After Alleged ban
Durban socialite Zodwa Wabantu would not be deterred by “a hater” who tried to get her banned from attending the Harare International Festival in Zimbabwe this coming Saturday.
“My booking is not cancelled and all my travel arrangements remain the same,” she told our sister paper the Sunday Tribune.
This comes after reports that the Zimbabwean Tourism Authority had cancelled her invite to perform at the carnival following comments by aZimbabwean actress, Anne Nhira, who reportedly complained about the hiring of South African performers for the event when there were many Zimbabweans who were capable of doing the same job.
“Zodwa dances with no panties and posts naked pictures on social media. How does that qualify her to be a Zimbabwe national tourist attraction and to attend a function of the highest stature this year?” she wrote on Facebook.
She sparked a social media storm this past week when she claimed that Zodwa’s invite had been cancelled. Many accused Nhira of hypocrisy as she had worked in South Africa numerous times without anyone complaining.
“That woman is talking rubbish; my invite has not been cancelled. In Zimbabwe, it’s where I will be on September 7, I will not be stopped by her jealousy driven complaint.
“She is not the one who invited me in the first place,” Zodwa said.
Zodwa hogged headlines for wearing revealing outfits and going vajayjay alfresco.
Her dress at the Durban July drew national attention and boosted her brand with many event organisers booking her for appearances. .
“I don’t even know why she sticks her nose in my business instead of focusing on herself.
“There are many Zimbabweans working in South Africa, why should it be an issue if I am invited to perform there?” said a fuming Zodwa.
She said, should she meet Nhira, she would confront her. “I would love to have a word with her about this. She is just jealous of me. She must work hard on her acting career, maybe she will end up making more money like myself,” she said.
There were also reports that Zimbabwean authorities had requested that Zodwa wear underwear when she performs at the carnival, a demand which they have apparently backtracked on.
However, Zodwa said she would not change her signature look, which is short dress with no panties, because she would lose a lot of money.
“I told them if they want me to wear a covered outfit and panties then they must buy it for me because I don’t have any. I won’t change my look just for Zimbabwe, I have so many people who admire me and book me because of my look, should I change that I’ll lose a lot of money over one gig. I can’t risk that,” she said.
Zimbabwe Tourism gives in to Zodwa Wabantu’s underwear demands
It seems the entertainer will be doing her signature dance moves without underwear on, with the hope that traditional leaders won’t be offended.
Zimbabwe Tourism Authority CEO Karikoga Kaseke has reportedly said Zodwa Wabantu can bring her act to Zimbabwe without her panties.
Daily Sun reported that Zodwa Wabantu, of Eyadini Lounge fame, had been booked to perform in Zimbabwe, but this apparently came with some conservative conditions.
She was not too happy with the news.
The Zimbabwe Tourism Authority reportedly booked her for a show at a carnival event as the main act – also featuring Babes Wodumo and other SA stars – in Harare to take place on 6 September, but they wanted her to “cover her essentials”.
The head of corporate affairs for the authority reportedly wanted the entertainer to wear underwear, or they apparently stood the risk of offending “chiefs and traditional leaders attending the performance”.
The authority’s chief executive reportedly also told journalists at a press conference in Zimbabwe: “I hope she will have her panties on. If she cannot perform in panties then we don’t want her because chiefs and traditional leaders won’t like it.”
The 32-year-old star was reportedly furious because she was invited to Zimbabwe despite never having made a secret of how she performed in public.
“They should have left me alone. I’m really not happy. They are out of their minds,” she reportedly said, adding that she felt “abused”.
Now it seems the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority has budged, allowing Zodwa Wabantu to do her signature dance moves without her underwear on.
“I would never have compromised because I’ve worked so hard to build this brand that I am today,” she told Daily Sun.
Zodwa Wabantu’s trip to Zimbabwe
Oversubscribed might be the best word to describe the club’s night’s attendance, which, by no doubt, harvested more revellers over other night spots in the city.
Clad in a skimpy black dress that revealed her thunder thighs, Zodwa’s grand entrance around midnight, making her way to the VVIP arena, set an already rocking club on fire.
At the VVIP arena she was joined by friends, local socialites and her local imitator — Trino Bambino (real name Trinity Sibanda), who had won the competition for being the best imitator.
Unlike at other shows where Zodwa would join the crowds in dance and take pictures with her followers, Club Connect was oversubscribed that it was difficult to find space for one to move.
The best that Zodwa could do was periodically dance from the VVIP arena throughout the night, as the crowd watched from a distance through the smoke, which was gunned from the club’s smoke machines.
Some people came as far as Harare only to get a glimpse of the woman “with no panties” getting down to Gqom beats with a bottle covering her arsenal, but that did not happen, as there was no space among the crowd to fit Zodwa’s thighs.
The only free space was the VVIP arena, which also proved to be too small for the energetic dancer.
However, Zodwa said out of all her tours, Zimbabwe stood out of the rest.
Upon her arrival at the Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo airport at 1pm on Saturday, Zodwa visited Nkulumane 12’s KoMqombothi Sports bar, where she met with her fans for a braai, before she rocked Club Connect at night.
Braving the cold weather, Zodwa came dressed in a body-hugging backless dress which left little to the imagination. The Mzansi socialite, who has made headlines for attending parties and shows without panties, enjoyed the kasi (Ghetto) vibes in Nkulumane.
“I am enjoying being ekasi, this is so real and the love from fans is real. I am getting to meet the people personally. Zimbabwe has brought exciting moments, I will definitely come back if I get an opportunity to,” she said.
“I have never had such an encounter, from the airport to the club, Zimbabwe is too nice and people here know how to party, I would do this again.”
Zodwa Wabantu Pantyless videos and pictures below.
SOURCES: tinamagazine.com, iol.co.za