Idols SA judge, Unathi apologizes on tribalism remarks


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Idols SA judge, Unathi Nkayi sends out apology to mzansi after making remarks about Xhosa people being “tired of holding up the nation”.


The singer was cancelled on social media after congratulating contestant Luyolo Yiba on his stellar performance on the show, she said: “On behalf of the Xhosa people, we are tired of holding up the nation.”

She then named several achievements by SA icons, including on-screen characters John Kani and Atandwa Kani, Miss SA Zozibini Tunzi, Springbok chief Siya Kolisi and herself, before including Luyolo on the rundown.

“We are finally happy that we have someone from the Eastern Cape in the finale,” she added.


Unathi got dragged by viewers and she apologized.

“It saddens me that I have broken so many hearts with what I said tonight. What I saw was a beautiful joke being passed around this past week by so many South Africans not necessarily Xhosa and wanted to share.”
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