THE people of Engwenyeni village have accused TV personality Zola of shunning them just because they are from a rural area.
Bonginkosi Dlamini, known as Zola, was invited to Thula Primary School at Engwenyeni village, near the Mozambique border in Mpumalanga, to encourage pupils to work hard and be successful.
The purpose of the event was to inaugurate self-proclaimed multi-millionaire businessman Sibusiso Sithole as a patron of the school he had attended. School principal Joyce Ndlovu said her school was fortunate to have a patron of Sithole's calibre.
Zola got up several times to walk to the boys' toilet, apparently to smoke, and was accompanied by five heavily armed bodyguards.
A group of people followed him but his bodyguards made it clear they should not come anywhere near him, while Dlamini looked on.
"Eish! Uyangiphazamisa (you are disturbing me)," Dlamini said of fans who approached him.
"Why did he come if he is allergic to rural people? He thinks he is the Michael Jackson of South Africa," said Vivian Khandza, leader of the internationally renowned Sidlangaloludzala cultural dance group.
"We have travelled all over the world and famous people showed us love. Who is this man without manners?" said Nompendulo Mathaba, a member of the group.
Dlamini declined to speak to Sowetan. "Zola is not available," said a bodyguard.