‘I don’t care about haters’

2014-11-22 00:00

CONTROVERSIAL afro-pop ­singer Kelly Khumalo has firmly told her “haters” where to get off.

Having come under sharp ­criticism for not mourning the death of her lover, Bafana Bafana captain Senzo Meyiwa for long enough, Khumalo has hit back,­saying she will not wallow in ­depression ­because she has “two beautiful ­children to care for”.

Khumalo burst back onto the scene at the Feather Awards in ­Johannesburg last week, wearing a black and white gown and smiling for the camera while Meyiwa’s wife, Mandisa Mkhize, has kept a low profile and is still wearing black mourning outfits.

During a whirlwind visit to ­Durban this week promoting her latest album, Back to my Roots, the singer opened up to Weekend ­Witness about the pain of being blamed for Meyiwa’s death and for being accused of cashing in on the publicity by promoting herself.

“I don’t care about haters. In fact, I need haters to hate me more so that I can succeed. I am all about being positive,” said Khumalo ­during a telephonic interview.

The Qinisela singer said she was slowly trying to piece her life back together. “I am strong. What can one do but to move on? My family is receiving counselling; my sister, my mother and everyone who was there that night.”

Khumalo said she would go for counselling when she was ready.

“I hate talking to people about my problems because the next thing you see it in the newspapers, so I talk to God a lot. I try to avoid sharing my life with people, talking to God is enough for me,” she said.

The mother of two said she will be scarred for life by what ­happened.

“It is a traumatic thing to go through for anyone,” she said.

Khumalo is currently promoting her album, which she said was ­sitting at number 17 on the SA ­music charts.

“The album is doing very well. People love Asine. Sello Chicco Twala wrote the song for me. It is a Venda saying meaning ‘it’s not me’. The song tells a story of a woman who has been accused of killing her husband.

“When he asked me to do the song I jumped at the ­opportunity because this gives a voice to wounded women who cannot defend themselves,” she said.

Khumalo said she did not care about Orlando Pirates fans who continued to vilify her.

• amanda.khoza@witness.co.za

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