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Nomzamo Mbatha takes a picture with the wrong person.

Who could have thought, posing and taking a picture with the legendary Arthur Mafokate at the ANC Manifesto launch in Durban over the past weekend would arouse concerns, disapprovals from fans and other socialites ? I am convinced when she agreed to take the picture; she did not think much of the ordeal; fans did not waste time to remind her of the social responsibility she has as an activist.

As soon as the picture emerged on social media, there was a great turbulent, insisting her current role and the image associating her with an alleged abuser is conflicting to what she stands for in the public eye. It’s amazing how things can change with the blink of an eye.

We need to recall our legendary star was accused of assault in 2017 by the onetime girlfriend singer Çiçi, proceeding a dispute that erupted between the two that cause Cici severe injuries. We need to understand the case is still existent; she is said to testify in August 2019.

Her role as an activist was put under scrutiny on social media with fans exasperated, stating their disapproval.

Nomzamo, responded, acknowledging her flaw and highlighted she did not respond in a logical manner when the image was taken, she just followed common courtesy. In those split seconds, it did not dawn on her what impact it might have on her and the public. –  She has pronounced that her thinking capacity was not in tune with what she stands for when she posed for the picture with Arthur.

“I’m cringing with you. I was taking a walk when I made my way past his standing, 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 “Fu*k off, no thanks,” that was her response to her fans”.

It looks like the leading party has separated themselves from the alleged abuser Arthur, stating – “ while they have supported him in the past, reports of his alleged abuse go against their values and policies”. On behalf of Nomzamo, the ANC released an apology, reassuring the public they have full confidence in her abilities as an activist.

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