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Africa News of Saturday, 6 November 2021


'Keep your country' - SA gay TV star blasts Zimbabwe churches over botched visit

"If it means you not wanting me being me, authentically me, keep it, keep your space, keep your country, I don't want to be there anyway," the words of Somizi Mhlongo, a South African TV star who is gay.

His blast was directed at neighbouring Zimbabwe where a coalition of Churches kicked against his arrival in the country for the reopening of a restaurant in the capital Harare.

The Apostolic Christian Council of Zimbabwe had written to the government arguing that the presence of Somizi Mhlongo in the country would be a grave violation to its members.

The Council is a coalition of over 600 Christian groups, appealed to the government that given that "Zimbabwe doesn't tolerate homosexuality," there was no reason his highly publicized visit should be countenanced.

"Spiritually we would have disturbed a lot, and physically we would have openly accepted homosexuality in Zimbabwe hence affecting our children," the group said.

Mhlongo, 48, who is an actor and media personality announced the cancellation of his gig in Zimbabwe via his Instagram page. "Bye bye ZA (Zimbabwe) Hello NA (Namibia)," he titled a video post.

Mhlongo, a popular face of TV back home says, however, that he will not "stop speaking on behalf of the voiceless."

South Africa allows same-sex relations, one of the few African countries where it is legal.