South Africans tend to celebrate and place famous musicians, actors, media personalities, sports stars and even politicians on pedestals.
While most celebrities in South Africa lead charmed lives and have throngs of adoring fans the wrath of the upset public should never be underestimated.
Briefly.co.za looks at five local celebrities who were once loved, but have fallen out of favour with fans and media outlets. These celebrities have made the most hated category because of their bad behaviour, ill-advised social media posts or the way they have treated other people.
1. Oscar Pistorius
Oscar is probably the most hated celebrity in South Africa. The whole country celebrated his amazing achievements at the 2012 London Olympics, where he became the first disabled athlete to compete in the games. Barely six months later he shot and killed Reeva Steenkamp. During the trial, the country learned about Oscar’s penchant for violent outbursts.
2. Kelly Khumalo
Kelly was once the toast of the Afro music scene, she won the 2013 South African Music Awards Best Female Award. In 2012 she became a vocal advocate against domestic abuse and admitted to having been addicted to drugs for two years. On 26 October 2014, her entire life changed when her boyfriend, Senzo Meyiwa who was at the time captain of Bafana Bafana was shot and killed in her home. Since the incident, Kelly’s reputation has never recovered and she is often referred to as the girl your mom warned you about.
3. Ntsiki Mazwai
Ntsiki is a poet, musician and social activist. She is not afraid to air her views for the world to see and has shown she is not afraid to pick a fight with anyone. She and EFF leader Julius Malema had a mini-Twitter war during which time he called her a failed poet. Ntsiki has picked fights with just about every celebrity in South Africa.
4. Gareth Cliff
South Africans have an absolute love-hate relationship with Gareth. He made his mark while hosting various shows on 5FM radio. Gareth is not afraid to make bold and controversial statements and often refuses to apologise for his remarks. He left the confines of the SABC to start his own show Cliff Central which streams online. He often offends and enrages people, but this usually serves his purpose of starting a conversation.
5. Steve Hofmeyer
Steve seems to have come full-circle. As a young actor/musician, he was shunned by the conservative Afrikaans mainstream (at the time) media. He was seen as a rebel and a troublemaker in his early career. Throughout the 90’s he enjoyed a surge in popularity in large part due to his Afrikaans music. Unfortunately for Steve, his infidelity is legendary and questions remain about how many illegitimate “love children” he actually has. In recent years he has managed to inflame most South Africans with controversial political statements, proving once again that politics and fame should not mix.
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