Actress and television presenter Nomzamo Mbatha was roasted on Twitter for taking a picture with disgraced Kwaito star Arthur Mafokate.
The photo was taken on Saturday at the ANC’s election manifesto launch in Durban.
The ANC, however, condemned Mafokate’s ‘conduct’.
“The African National Congress condemns the conduct of Arthur Mafokate at its Manifesto Launch rally on 12 January 2019 when he stormed the stage uninvited and caused undue mayhem. While the ANC has worked with and supported Mafokate over many years, however, reports of his alleged abusive conduct towards a female accomplice go against the values and policies of the ANC which denounce gender-based violence,” the ANC said in a statement.
The party distance itself from Mafokate and apologised to Mbatha.
Mafokate is accused of assaulting his ex-girlfriend, musician Cici Twala.
Twala had to undergo a hip replacement operation after the incident.
People took to Twitter to share their disappointment with Mbatha, who’s a known activist and humanitarian.
But, she has since explained why and how the picture was taken after fans called her out.
The photo stirred fans, especially since Mbatha is a humanitarian and has expressed her strong views in standing up for gender-based violence.
I love @NomzamoMbatha and think she’s such a Queen and I Stan. But a social activist never takes off their activist hat. This tweet is not for me it’s for the young woman that will bump into this and continue to be silent because you choose to be polite to an abuser. 💔💔 pic.twitter.com/YBmXpTNO0d
— #BUSISIWE👑 (@cici_worldwide) January 13, 2019
Is this Nomzamo Mbatha the Activist? 🙄😤😷 pic.twitter.com/1UTp0XHD3G
— kgabo Shilabjwe 👑 (@kgabo_shilabjwe) January 13, 2019
Mbatha replied to one of her fans who posted about how disappointed they were seeing the picture by saying: “I’m cringing with you. I was walking past, post the concert and looking for my manager when he greeted and whipped out his phone for a picture. Being polite I absent ‘mindedly’ obliged I’m definitely not a fan and I’m sorry I wasn’t present enough to say “F*** OFF, no thanks.”