Media personality and entrepreneur Basetsana Kumalo. Picture: Bhekikhaya Mabaso african News Agency (ANA)
Media personality and entrepreneur Basetsana Kumalo. Picture: Bhekikhaya Mabaso african News Agency (ANA)

Twitter defends Basetsana Kumalo for being 'rude' to Zozibini Tunzi

By Entertainment Reporter Time of article published Dec 11, 2019

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Media mogul Basetsana Kumalo topped the trend list on Wednesday after an old interview with current Miss Universe Zozibini Tunzi resurfaced on Twitter. 

Kumalo is said to be "very rude and belittling" in the interview.

A Twitter user, who goes by the name King GqaKhwe, posted an old video clip from the Presenter Search competition where Tunzi, who was one of the contestants, interviewed Kumalo.

"Universe is an Amazing space.....Sometime back Basetsane belittle Zozibini & ws very rude 2her during the interview. Im interested 2hear her now dat She is #MissUnivers2019," tweeted @gqakhwe.

During the introduction, Kumalo insisted that Tunzi refer her as “Mama B’ despite Tunzi referring to her as “sisi,” “mama” and “queen”

“You gotta call me Mama B darling, I’m as old as your mother, probably,” said Kumalo.

“That is what I wanted to address because I don’t know whether to call you Queen or to curtsy,” responded Tunzi.

Tunzi went on to ask another question regarding what went through Kumalo's mind when she won the Miss South Africa in 2014. She specifically asked Kumalo what was her "train of thought" during that process.

To which Kumalo responded: “Well...train of thought? It's a very strange question, by the way, to ask somebody. ‘What was your train of thought?' but, anyway, let me indulge you.” 

Though some dragged the former Miss SA for her comments, others came to her defense, insisting that Kumalo was not rude.

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