Basetsana Kumalo responds to her criticism of Zozi during interview

Basetsana Kumalo responds to her criticism of Zozi during interview

- Basetsana Kumalo got a lot of hate from Mzansi after an old video resurfaced and went viral

- The video shows Basetsana being rather harsh with Zozibini Tunzi, our Miss SA and Miss Universe

- The iconic author and entertainment personality has since responded to the criticism, saying that the video was taken out of context and that she has nothing but praise for Zozi

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A video that made its rounds on social media cause a lot of outrage and disappointment in local icon, Basetsana Kumalo.

In this video clip, Basetsana can be seen acting difficult towards Zozibini Tunzi, Miss SA and Miss Universe, and Daniel Mpilo Richards.

The clip comes from an audition on Presenter Search on 3 in 2018 and social media users were not impressed with Bassie's behaviour. reported that Ntsiki Mazwai even called Basetsana a 'hater' with a bad attitude.

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But Basetsana has since spoken up about the video, saying that it was taken out of context.

TimesLIVE reported that she insists that she's always been focused on building up young women.

"I mentor young people and have done so for over two decades. I have seen many rise to their fullest potential in different industries. Seeing Zozibini wear the well-deserved Miss Universe crown is a moment we all should be celebrating and applauding."

The entertainment personality added:

"During the interview, I was tasked with pushing the Presenter Search on 3 contestants out of their comfort zone, as is the nature of the show, and see how quickly they think on their feet and think when they’re under pressure. We, as the interviewees, were briefed to put the finalists through their paces and that’s exactly what I did with Zozi."

She feels very proud of Zozi and thinks her achievements are wonderful.

"She has affirmed that black children’s dreams are valid. I am a huge supporter of Zozi and have nothing but praise for the woman she is and all she has achieved."

There are claims that Basetsana did not celebrate Zozi's win, but she did post a beautiful message to the young woman on her Instagram shortly after she was crowned Miss Universe.

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