TikToker's mom on her son wearing her clothes in his videos — 'He's always been so silly'

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Zanele Ntsintsi and her son, Sonwabile who is a TikTok star.
Zanele Ntsintsi and her son, Sonwabile who is a TikTok star.

We've seen them all. Trendy TikTokers dressed in oversized clothes that clearly don't belong to them mimicking their parents or grandparents. 

But where do they get these clothes and how do the people who they are pretending to be feel about this all. 

We speak to a mom who was shocked when she came home and found her last-born son wearing her clothes, talking into his phone. He was gaining a solid following on TikTok and wanted to spice things up. 

Zanele Ntsintsi laughs about it now, but she was very concerned the first few times she saw her son Sonwabile dressed in her clothes.

“I did not know what was happening. This child had done crazy things before, but he had never worn my clothes,” she recalls.

“He did not even borrow them the first time, I just came home and saw him wearing them. The next time he did a video, he borrowed the certain item of clothing he needed. I then asked if this was going to be an everyday thing that he was wearing my clothes.

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“I must admit, at first I was concerned. I was wondering what was going on with him. Then he started using his father’s clothes too. I then wondered about his sexuality too, but then I thought whatever was going on with him I was not going say anything but continue to love him as a parent should.

“I stopped being concerned when I got reports from people I knew who said his videos were helping them forget about their problems, that they would just sit and watch his videos and laugh.”

Zanele says sometimes she gets upset with Sonwabile when he wears her nice clothes.

“He uses my every day clothes, but other times he wears imisiko yam yokuswenka (my tailor-made ones) and I shout at him because those are my nice clothes,” she laughs.

Sonwabile, true to his name, has always been a happy child, Zanele says.

“He has always been silly. I remember when he was a child, one of my cousins thought there might be something wrong with him and suggested that we take him to the doctor. His father and I discussed it and we took him, but the doctor said there was nothing wrong with him. He was about three years old at the time.

“He has always been hyperactive. When we used to go to the villages when he was small, he would ride on the pigs as if they were horses. Ulihlanya (he is crazy). He is my last born and I wish him all the success in the world and I pray that I live to see him succeed,” she says.

Zanele says sometimes she does not know that some of her clothes  are featured and she gets shocked when she sees them on social media.

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Sonwabile, who has an honours degree in hospitality management and lost his job at Tsogo Sun because of Covid 19, says he has always a funny streak to him.

“I think I have always been funny. The videos are as therapeutic for me as they are for the people who watch and enjoy them. I spend hours in the production of the two-minute videos, but I love them.”

His cousin does his makeup, camera work and directing.

“Sometimes I wait for my mom to leave the house before I shoot because I want to use her smart clothes and I want to steal them because I know she will say no if I ask,” he says.

He is the last of three children and they are a Christian home and that is why a majority of his videos are gospel songs.

“I still love Ncandweni Christ Ambassadors from when I was younger, so I decided to revive people’s memories with these videos,” he adds. 

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