Real Housewives of Durban episode sparks tribalism debate

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Real Housewives of Durban star has been accused of tribalism
Real Housewives of Durban star has been accused of tribalism

They are always serving drama. Their interactions are always messy and the latest episode of Real Housewives of Durban is no different. 

This time, it was comments by music executive Ayanda Ncwane and entrepreneur Nonkanyiso Conco that rubbed people up the wrong way. There are even calls for Ayanda to offer a public apology because her comments offended viewers.

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In the last episode, Ayanda was talking about Kgomotso Ndungane and said “akayena umuntu, she’s Tswana”.

Some people were offended and accused her of tribalism, saying it was not fair for Ayanda to say Kgomotso was “not a person”.

Others said the direct translation was the problem, and that what Ayanda said was a typical thing that Zulu people would say when referring to non-Zulu people.

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This is not the first-time tribalism has been brought up in the show. Previously, Laconco was accused of tribalism when she did not invite the non-Zulu ladies to an event.

When she was called out about it, she said she knew language was going to be a barrier and so she did not invite them because they would not understand the spoken Zulu.

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