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.
Sembi ke😬 pic.twitter.com/a5uN56XfvU— Zahra (@Nanazille) September 12, 2021
“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.
Statement. pic.twitter.com/2o4G7RvWX3— Tshepi Vundla (@TshepiVundla) September 15, 2021
She promised to do better going forward.
Here is what some Twitter users had to say on the saga:
For grown women to sit around a table kiking and perpetuating the stereotypes peddled by men is disappointing but genuinely not surprising.— ✨the midnight gospel (@khanyisile_____) September 13, 2021
Tshepi Vundla&Co had a platform and THAT is the conversation they chose to have?
tshepi vundla disrespected so many classes of women in that podcast, how does she still have women trying to defend her???— ً (@kealey____) September 13, 2021
nna kere mo rogeng! she deserves all the slander.
Tshepi Vundla is desperate for that ring at this point, let her have it mntanabatho 🤣 https://t.co/XQcwanx6A7— 𝗠![CDATA]>𝗥$. 𝗕![CDATA]>𝗔![CDATA]>𝗚$ (@phineasandfeb) September 13, 2021
Jokes aside, Tshepi Vundla is a mean girl.— joy. (@joyofsaint1) September 13, 2021
LOL. Tshepi Vundla says if you're gonna SBWL a vacation or hot wings, either have money to pay for it yourself or ask your parents. Yini e wrong lapho? Nidakwa kabuhlungu nina.— Naledi❤️ (@Maphupho_Amahle) September 13, 2021
However, some Twitter users agreed with her sentiments:
Tshepi Vundla is right about everything.. women lack accountability.— Emmanuel (@UptownJams) September 13, 2021
So y’all mad cos Tshepi Vundla basically says maintain your own lifestyle ? Le weak weak weak ! 🤣— warrior 🤍 (@NeoxWarrior) September 15, 2021
Tshepi Vundla is right, I don’t see why she is apologising. You can’t have high standards you yourself can’t maintain (on your own budget) the ones that are itched by that statement are the same leeches that are always SBWLing— Njabulo Cele-Zwane (@iNjabulo_) September 15, 2021
I listened to what Tshepi Vundla said and I agree with her. Full stop.— TK_Nala (@NalaThokozane) September 13, 2021
Tshepi Vundla is right A boyfriend is not a maintenance plan. pic.twitter.com/PlgfYtkyvC— Makhaya (@MulaudziBT) September 13, 2021
So Tshepi Vundla is being roasted for telling women to stop being abo “Indoda Must” while them ladies sit on their lazy asses 😅![CDATA]>🤣— Gooseberry (@RhuNdimande) September 13, 2021