Brand ambassador and Social media influencer Tshepi Vundla has received backlash for utterances she made about what women bring to the table in a relationship discussion on the latest episode of On The Table with panelists , Noluthando Nkwali and DJ Black Velvet.
In the short video clip which has circulated the internet, Tshepi mentions that women tend to “always” expect men to provide and maintain their lifestyle and referred to the slang word SBWL meaning “craving.”
“You know what I can’t stand about girls on social media? Is how they Sbwl (crave) baecations, sbwl (crave) iPhone12 … One, where are your parents? Two, can’t you buy it for yourself but you’re expecting men to do these things for you,” she said.
This did not sit well with many women, while others believed her point was valid.
Sembi ke😬 pic.twitter.com/a5uN56XfvU— Zahra (@Nanazille) September 12, 2021
YouTuber Mihlali Ndamase, poet Ntsiki Mazwai and a few other Tweeps reacted to Tshepi’s comments.
“Since when does SBWL mean you want a man to do it for you?” said Mihlali.
“I’ve never been a fan of Tshepi Vundla. I find her spoilt, arrogant and obnoxious. Let me keep out of this cos I will not have anything positive to add.” Ntsiki said.
Social media has since dug up old posts where Tshepi is body shaming fuller figured women. In the comments made in 2011, Tshepi says:
“I don’t like fat people,” and “I don’t understand fat people that have foul body odour. No way, wash, spray in between the rolls,” she wrote.”
She’s always been problematic.honestly you cannot address such a sensitive issue like this. No one asks for odour. Phof we are the problem, we allow people like #Tshepi to have a plate-form and trigger us with their vile nature. She needs to learn to exist without judging others pic.twitter.com/AzRFCYhPTg— Zizo Vokwana (@ZVokwana) September 13, 2021
Tshepi has since released a statement apologising for the comments she made on the show and in 2011..
“Firstly, I would like to apologise for my past posts on social media. They weer mean and demeaning and there is no excuse for them. Through time I have grown as a woman, partner and most importantly a mother. I have learned lessons on this journey, including kindness and empathy and that is how I live my life now and part of the lessons I impart on my son,” she says.
“There is no way for me to erase the past, all I can do is learn from my mistakes and carry the learnings with me moving forward.”
She went on to says, “With regards to the panel discussion, again , I would like to apologise to those who were offended by my comments. That was not my intention. There was absolutely no malice intended and I blame this on my poor choice of words.”
“With everything that is happening around us we are all consciously trying to be better people. I know, I am and we will all need to be held accountable for our actions, I will do better and will be better,” she says.