Malawi government denies controversial dancer entry, this is why

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Security services in Malawi have been told to prevent controversial South African dancer Zodwa Wabantu from entering the country.

The dancer scheduled to perform at the Amapiano festival in Blantyre, Malawi, on June 10 and 11 have been denied entry.

The Malawi Ministry of Tourism, Culture, and Wildlife had earlier prohibited the stage performer from playing at the event; however, Zodwa responded by stating that she would fly to Malawi to attend the event but would not perform.

In light of this, the Ministry went further in preventing Zodwa from entering Malawi by notifying the Ministry of Homeland Security, which will enforce the appropriate immigration regulations.

The Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Wildlife, in a letter dated June 6 addressed to the Secretary for Homeland Security, stated that "it has not cleared Zodwa Wabantu to perform in Malawi or be a part of an event in any other capacity and that the application for an entertainment permit has been denied in accordance with the provisions of the Censorship and Control of Entertainment Act.

"The Censorship Board reviewed the application in the context of the concerns regarding her controversial stage acts and, most important, Zodwa as a stage artist.

"In processing the application, the Censorship Board had to review the picture and the video clips that are in circulation depicting Zodwa on stage, and the Ministry has noted that Zodwa has built her career and fame around morally degrading stage acts which include flaunting her nudity to the audience," the letter reads in part.

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