Nelisiwe Sibiya-Image Source@InstagramNelisiwe Sibiya-Image Source@Instagram

South African actress Nelisiwe Sibiya, known for her role as Dr. Mbali Mthethwa on eTV’s Durban Gen, brought unexpected drama to the South African Traditional Music Achievement Awards (Satma). The incident took place at the Durban Christian Jesus Dome Centre on Friday night.

Behind-the-Scenes Upheaval

Before the announcement of the Best Traditional Social Media Influencer award, a startling moment occurred as Nelisiwe Sibiya approached awards stage co-ordinator Phumlani Zwane, evidently disgruntled about losing to what she referred to as a ‘newcomer.’

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Discontent with the Outcome

Sibiya had reportedly received information that she would not be the recipient of the award, which ultimately went to King Nuba. Expressing her annoyance, she questioned how a relative newcomer without celebrity status managed to surpass her in votes.

Nelisiwe Sibiya-Image Source@Instagram
Nelisiwe Sibiya-Image Source@Instagram

The actress adamantly asserted that just two days before the event, she believed she was leading in the votes, making the loss particularly perplexing.

Accusations of Lack of Transparency

The award, determined by public votes, became the focal point of Nelisiwe Sibiya’s vitriolic attack on the event organizers. She accused them of lacking transparency and giving her an unfair deal. Amidst the tension, she loudly demanded clarity on how King Nuba secured more votes than her.

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Despite the organizers’ attempts to explain the voting process and calm her down, the visibly angered actress stormed out of the awards ceremony while it was still underway.

High-Profile Attendees and Smooth Event

Setting aside the behind-the-scenes drama, the annual Satma Awards proceeded smoothly. Attendees graced the event in traditional outfits, aligning with the awards’ theme. Notable celebrities in attendance included musician Zulu Boy, poet Jesicca Mbangeni, former Botswana president Sir Seretse Khama, and Uzalo actress Fanele Ntuli.

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