Former Generations actress and film director Xolile Tshabalala slammed ANC officials for mocking a woman selling chicken feet. The media personality took to her Instagram account with a video in which she reprimands the politicians for their actions.
‘Chicken feet for votes’ video goes viral
This follows a controversial video which went viral last month of Gauteng MEC for community safety Faith Mazibuko and Deputy Regional Secretary for the ANC in Johannesburg Loyiso Masuku, who were gloating about buying entrepreneur Maki Mkoena’s entire chicken braai stock to win votes for the elections.
In the video, Masuku is heard saying they were eating chicken feet for the sake of the vote. South Africans also lashed out at them for scoffing the chicken feet in front of a young boy without offering any food to the township youngster; instead throwing the bones at his feet.
That little boy watching on maqabane a Tambo https://t.co/JcCkSF6Mcq
— Matshidiso Madia (@tshidi_lee) May 20, 2021
However, the entrepreneur, Maki Mokoena, has refuted claims that the ANC officials bought all her stock as they were neither friendly nor supportive and only bought some chicken feet after she told them that she’s voted.
The officials have since apologised in a statement on social media which read:
“The aim was to buy something to eat because we were hungry and also wanted to support local businesses. It was not vote buying. I apologise sincerely.”
Hear what Xolile Tshabalala had to say
In the Instagram video, Tshabalala expresses her dismay in the officials’ behaviour, saying that “it really broke my heart” to see how “the people who are supposed to be leaders”, make a mockery of the woman.
She continues to say that “what is happening in South Africa right now is very sad”, asking how “we can expect other races to respect us when we disrespect our very own?”
Watch the full video below:
Fans stand behind Xolile Tshabalala
Fans of Tshabalala have applauded her for taking a stand against the officials in the video on her Instagram.
Shabalala who has directed more than a handful films previously shocked her fans when she stated in an interview with Move Magazine that she’ll never return to soapies and that she’s put that life behind her.
“Being on a soapie means you have a stable income. But my dreams are different now. I want to do work that puts Africa in a better life and inspires young Africans,” she was quoted as saying.
Her recent role was in the popular Netflix original series Blood and Water in which she played the role of Fikile’s mother.