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Tshepi Vundla apologises for ‘broke women’ comments but internet is divided

Image: @tshepivundla/Instagram
Image: @tshepivundla/Instagram

Social media influencer Tshepi Vundla found herself in hot water this week.

While appearing on the podcast On The Table, Tshepi made comments about “broke women” whilst in conversation with hosts Tshepi Mabs, DJ Black Velvet, Noluthando Nkwali, and the Ghost Lady.

In two clips from the podcast that went viral, Tshepi can be heard making remarks about women who depend on men to provide and do things for them. She also criticised the popular ‘SBWL’ trend that has been popularised mainly by women. SBWL stands for sayibaweli which is a Xhosa word for craving. It is used to indicate a strong desire for something.

However, Tshepi is not a fan of the trend, instead finding it distasteful that women expect men to provide things for them such as money, phones and maintaining a certain lifestyle.

“Where are your parents? You can’t buy these things for yourself but you expect men to do these things for you.”

Of course, some Twitter users did not appreciate the condescending remarks, labelling them degrading and classist. They also dug up a few of her old Tweets, again going at her for fat-shaming in 2013.

This caused the social media star to then deactivate her Twitter account and instead do some reflection. She reappeared and launched a statement today apologising for her comments and past Tweets.

Regarding her comments on the podcast, she blamed her poor choice of words. “I would like to apologise to those who were offended by my comments. That was not my intention. There was absolutely no malice intended and I blame this on my poor choice of words.

She promised to do better going forward.

Here is what some Twitter users had to say on the saga:

However, some Twitter users agreed with her sentiments:

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