Let money-loving Khanyi eat sushi

2010-12-04 13:11

South Africa has been a busy country this week, with no shortage of news to keep the dinner conversations going.

There has been reaction to Afrikaans author Annelie Botes’s statement that she doesn’t like black people, the three teenagers from Jules High School involved in a sex scandal were ­ordered by the court to go on a diversion programme to learn about responsible sex and World Aids Day came and went.

Yes, we’ve certainly been busy in ­Mzansi. And that’s why I find it ­fascinating that many of the people I know in the ­real world and on social networks have been captivated by little else but Khanyi Mbau’s 3rd Degree grilling.

Personally, I took little interest in Botes’s rant. She’s not on my radar. Her books are probably not written with someone like me in mind and she’s got every right to like or dislike whoever she wants.

As for the Jules kids, I feel disappointed but not surprised by the way the whole sorry saga has played out.

But what has been foremost on my mind has been the fabulously glossy lips of Miz Mbau and what has been coming out of them.

Let me go on the record right now and say that I love Mbau and consider her a good casual friend. She’s also a girl after my own heart – free-spirited, fierce, friendly and certainly no one’s doormat, least of all the fire-breathing Debora Patta’s.

I first met Mbau shortly before she landed the Muvhango role that was to launch her into South Africa’s collective consciousness.

We were at a Nando’s event at the Peech Hotel in Melrose when in walked this tiny girl with long, thin braids and too much make-up. Princess Bling was officially in the building.

When Mbau told Patta that she has ­always wanted the kind of lifestyle she has now, she wasn’t lying. This kid had a target and she zoomed on it and never let her eye off the ball.

So, you see, Mbau’s love for all things shiny and ostentatious did not come with her status as Mrs Mandla Mthembu.She had a mission in life, and that was to be rich and famous – or find a rich man she could make famous. Who exactly were Mthembu and ­Theunis Crous before they met Mbau?

While Patta tried to trip up Mbau with words such as crass and ostentatious, it gave me great pleasure to see Mbau stand her ground and push back.

And she’s right. She is not asking to be a role model and she is not killing ­anyone. Khanyi Mbau is not doing ­anything wrong.

That there is abject poverty in this country is not her fault. And if she wants to eat sushi off a naked man’s torso (with nasty grey underpants), then let her.

She works hard for her money – you only have to think of the sugar daddies she has to sleep with – and if her acting and singing suck to the point where they don’t earn her a living, then let the girl hustle the best way she can.

Watching Mbombela Stadium erupt ­into uncontrollable applause when Mbau walked the red carpet at the MetroFM music awards last Sunday – and later when she presented on stage – was a sight to behold.

None of the other celebrities and dignitaries came close to getting the ­adulation Mbau received from the public.

Let’s face it, people love Mbau and she loves being loved. This is not some ­airhead sleeping her way into newspaper pages and gossip TV shows.

This is someone who approaches her life as a business plan and executes ­whatever measures she needs to get where she wants to. And if the cameras follow her around while she’s doing it, well, the more the merrier.

Mbau never purported to be anything but what she is – a money-loving, sugar daddy-grabbing attention-seeker. So let her eat sushi!

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