Zodwa Wabantu has responded angrily to claims that she is endorsing excessive use of alcohol, telling her critics to open their eyes and to stop ‘acting smart'.
Zodwa has often been under fire on social media for posting pics with bottles while out in clubs and during an interview on Metro FM recently, was criticised for seemingly promoting the lifestyle of drinking excessively.
The controversial entertainer then launched an angry tirade urging her critics to avoid hypocritical tendencies and about the need to speak about substance abuse and not act clever.
“We, as a community and society, don't want to talk about such things. Drugs are there. Alcohol is there. We like to sweep things under the carpet. I can talk about HIV but talking about HIV is taboo. Let's stop that.
“We should have those conversations. Stop closing your eyes and ears, and thinking we are so civilised and educated,” she lambasted.
She called on people to start opening up and talk to their kids regarding such things and not hide reality from them.
“We need to talk openly. That hurts me the most. It makes me so sad. I am an adult and I can do what I want, but talk to your kids. Don't leave them in the dark until they are 20 and they are at clubs and with any man who will buy them champagne because you didn't buy them champagne,” she added.
She said that she was restricted as a child, which later led to her using her body to get what she wanted.
Her comments come just days after she took to Instagram to share a video of her speaking to her son Vuyo about the world and how she would not hide her relationships from him.
“Don't take (news of) my boyfriend or whatever I do personally. There is no other way to tell you than to tell you the truth. I fall in love. People break up, we move on,” she told Vuyo in the video.
Speaking to TshisaLIVE two months ago, Zodwa said that she was gatvol of the stereotypes and opinions of others towards her. Especially when these people believe she is a prostitute.
“People can say what they want about me. I don’t know what that word means and I don’t give a f*ck! It doesn’t hurt me and I won't lose sleep over it,” she said.