South African celebrity cook-off star Somizi Mhlongo on Thursday responded to the ZANU PF youth’s threat to mobilise against him if he graced the reopening of Garwe Restaurant because of his homosexual disposition.
The restaurant owners succumbed to public pressure after ZANU PF youths and some churches questioned the Government for allowing Garwe Restaurant to bring in an openly homosexual person to Zimbabwe.
In a video on Facebook, the socialite revealed how the Garwe Restaurant failed to make things clear when they booked him to grace the reopening of the restaurant. He said:
Everything was done properly, they had made the payments and they started saying no because I haven’t posted about the event and said they want their refund and want to cancel it but something felt offish.
Mhlongo said the Garwe Restaurant officials did not give a valid reason why they had cancelled him for the occasion.
He said they used the issue of not posting this event on his social media handles as a reason to cancel him off, based on his sexuality. Said Mhlongo:
When they came to me and said we want to cancel because you did not post, and I told them but I explained to you that I did not have Instagram. Anything that I post on Instagram it’s an advert for them.
I am not their marketing person. I am not a promoter of marketing, but I do it because I want to.
You have been stopped from Zimbabwe because some Catholic whatever and some are saying ZANU PF, there are a whole lot of issues but the truth is in Zimbabwe they do not want me to come based on my sexuality, they have made it clear.
Somizi likened homophobia with xenophobia and later on highlighted that it is no different to racism. He said:
What you are doing being homophobic is not different from anyone who is xenophobic and racist, there is no difference.