Zodwa Wabantu spoke for the first time on main reasons she joined politics, as well why she chose Kenny Kunene’s political party, the Patriotic Alliance (PA) led by businessman Gayton McKenzie.
According to Sunday Independent, Zodwa said she decided to join Patriotic Alliance (PA) dues to what the party stand for, which is commitment to the people.
The 35-year-old admitted that the last five years of her career had not been easy − “having to do whatever it takes” to sustain herself. But in the same breath, those years were the most experimental, allowing her to touch on topics that others dared not and living her life for the public, being the perfect example for others to learn from.
“It was difficult, really. Having to sleep with men so I can eat and wake up hating yourself. I had no money, no education or any means to go to school because the hunger was too much.
“But looking back to where I am today, I take everything as a blessing and not a celebrity status. I am truly blessed to have achieved all that I have, although I still live normally. I just appreciate being able to afford a decent life compared to where I was,” she says.
Zodwa said she is not afraid anymore to speak the truth concern society, she is older enough to understand what is worth, and Patriotic Alliance is a best path for her to reach her goals.
“For the longest time there’s been this unknown fear of talking about politics because we might not know enough about it. But the truth is, because we are young, we are fresh. We are able to bring the voice of the youth to the fore, while also showing respect to those who are already in power, some respect for all that has been achieved thus far,” she says.
“I really think who I am aligns with what politics should be about − and that is the people. I know that people love me, even though I don’t know why they do, and because of that I have a lot to offer in this space,” she says.
“When Kenny and I travelled to different places, I realised that when I spoke, people listened. I want to use my influence to inspire political participation, especially among the youth,” she adds.
In the video shared on Instagram, Zodwa and Kenny, along with other members of the party, can be seen standing in a row as the Sushi King made his much-awaited announcement.
“PA people, we are here in Dlamini in Soweto, and this is where Zodwa Wabantu was born… I am pleased to welcome the new signing to the PA, Zodwa Wabantu. When I spoke to her about joining, she was like, ‘no, no bra Kenny PA? Politics mina?’
“But I’ve seen something in her and her name explains what I have seen. She is Zodwa of the people. She loves the people, the people love her.”