Lunga Shabalala Drama


Rumours that Lunga might be the next Selimathunzi Presenter stirs some drama with insinuations that he is sleeping his way to the screen. Honestly....?!
Few days ago I wrote on my FB status that while looking at a shortlist for young black South African male models for a campaign I'm working on, we had to overlook Lunga Shabalala even though he was the most suitable guy within the list for the brand. Reason for that was the fact that he was already overexposed and the 'project' was going to be centred around that brand ambassador. Of course someone misread my statement and took it that I was saying Lunga is gay because I mentioned that most SA male models (or atleast the ones who were on the list) are too 'soft' and had glossy lips. Needless to say I did not entertain it.

While shooting the Class Act auditions in Durban I had a conversation with someone who was interested in getting into the industry and happened to have known Lunga before his sudden fame. During the conversation I was forced to remind this young man that though it might seem like what is happening to Lunga is a great thing, in essence his career might be ending before it's even starting. My reasoning behind that was the fact that Lunga got too famous, too quick without even having some body of work that someone can attribute his fame to. Nothing wrong with instant fame, hell if you get the chance and it's working for you, I say grab it. However if you planning on having some longevity in this business is best to build on to something first so that when the hype behind you fades (and it always does) then you would have your "work" as something that still gives you some cred in this business.

I proceeded to tell this guy that I actually worry about Lunga. I have made no secret of the fact that I like him. He is a sweet boy.... emphasis on BOY. Because I like him, I was actually rooting for him to succeed but unfortunately I feel that whoever is advising him on how to conduct his career is sabotaging him in a way without realising it. You all know the saying "too much of everything is bad". Too much of Lunga was indeed getting bad. Which is really a toss up because for one to build his name in this business you need to be out there. Sadly for Lunga, all he is known for are his looks.



Lo and behold today as I am catching up with the blogging world I came across this post on Mika's site. Funny enough someone had mentioned something about SABC hiring Lunga because of his links with certain people (that shall remain nameless,let's keep the gossip to a minimum). I, of course, blew off the comment as through the years I have learnt that people will create stories out of nothing. Now, I read on Mika that Lunga is set to become a Selimathunzi presenter.


First thought: Remember when I wrote about meeting him at the Cosmo Party and he told me he will be moving to Jozi soon because there is something in the pipeline for him on tv? Could this have been it? Which then begs the question: Why would Selimathunzi host auditions if they already had Lunga as the person who will replace Kaos? If this is true then this would be the biggest SLAP in the face that the broadcaster has ever pulled on its viewers. Holding auditions just for the sake of holding auditions while you already have someone in mind is not a new thing. It's common knowledge that not all auditions are done in boardrooms. However I do not believe that SABC 1 would go this far.

I understand why the person who made this comment on Mika's site would be angry if the rumour is true. Standing on queues and being made fun of for your on camera mistakes during the audition, when they already have a presenter would be WRONG. Having said all that, I think it's only fair that people who comment on this rumour (of course right now that's all it is) be sensitive to the fact that they too had dreams and they should not scold someone for pursuing his however questionable their means to achieving them are.


If Lunga gets hired as a presenter then the issue should not be with him but the people who hired him. Attacking him and making insinuation that he might be sleeping with producers to get on tv is not on. Lunga's sexuality has been the murmur of Jozi for quiet some time now BUT until he confirms which team he bats for, we should all back off. The boy is only 22. The best you can do is to advice him to tread carefully in this industry as exploitation is name of the game.


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To anyone who wants to be in the biz:

Sleeping your way into this industry is the dumbest move anyone can make. Unless if you prepared to sleep with just about everybody. Yes you can sleep with producer A to get job 1 but what about job 2 and when that is over? Not forgetting the fact that if you straight not all industry people are straight, vice versa when you GAY. Even if you Bi-Sexual, not everybody would be interested in bedding even if you look like Godess/Adonis. The other thing is that this industry is small and everybody knows everybody. If you start your career on a bad note it's inevitable that you will not be in it for long. We could name names but I don't roll like that. You know who they are and where they are now.


Simply put: I personally hope the rumours are wrong and wish Lunga the best.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

dogs always bark at moving cars. Let em do their thng. Lunga concor the world boy! Wat u r is none of antone's business. Pursue ur carreer as u wish chana, make ur mama proud. All da best BUOY!!!

Anonymous said...

Lunga Shabalala is so hot but cheap just like a peace of meat I mean how could he sleep with the producer in order to get a job, arg sies, am sure thats how all gays are? I am also gay but I would never do such

Anonymous said...

People will always talk,if he slept with the prducer so what?it was his decision and his own doings,who his dating aint your bizZ,yes if his dating Phila in the closet as some have seen them kissing,does it concern you?you people should just stop being all brently,and leave them alone,no one judges you when you do your dirty little things that we might not know,now don't judge Lunga too,let him live his life.

Anonymous said...

People will always talk,if he slept with the prducer so what?it was his decision and his own doings,who his dating aint your bizZ,yes if his dating Phila in the closet as some have seen them kissing,does it concern you?you people should just stop being all brently,and leave them alone,no one judges you when you do your dirty little things that we might not know,now don't judge Lunga too,let him live his life.

Anonymous said...

lunga is a human people should stop writing the bad and stupid things about him let him enjoy his life and concentrate on what is loving most let us this batle is not ours

Anonymous said...

keep it up with your good job and represent pmb and kzn province as well as mshengus family siyakuthanda thina yonke i kzn

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