Tue Sep 26 10:58:58 SAST 2017

'I don't owe anyone good English' - Diski Diva's Sibongile Masuku

2017-09-13 09:31:57.0 | Chrizelda Kekana |

Diski Divas’s star Sibongile Masuku‚ who has been continuously mocked on social media over her English has come out guns blazing against critics‚ saying the language is not a priority in her life.

Picture credit: Instagram.

During an interview with TshisaLIVE‚ Sibongile revealed that she proudly speaks three African languages and that she owes no one “good English“.

The Bloemfontein Celtic player Khethokwakhe Masuku’s wife’s said the constant social media commentary around the way she speaks does not bother her.

“I am a pedi girl‚ born and raised in the village of Sinthumule in Limpopo. I went to school there and stayed there for most of my life. I only moved to Joburg in 2012 after I met my husband. I am fluent in Sepedi‚ TshiVenda and Zulu and people still have the audacity to ask me to speak proper English? I don’t owe anyone good English‚” she said.

Sibongile compared other peoples’ attempts at speaking vernacular languages‚ and questioned why it was an achievement if someone could string a few sentences in vernac.

“Look‚ most white people can’t properly speak our languages‚ but people congratulate them like they have achieved something when they speak just two sentences. I am proud that I speak three African languages fluently‚ so speaking English ‘properly’ is not a priority to me and it shouldn’t be for other people‚” she said.

The diski diva said she knew before she agreed to be on the show that she would get criticism.

Sibongile said that with the help of her family‚ and husband she mentally prepared herself to deal with peoples’ opinions of her‚ which she doesn’t care about.

“I know who I am‚ so I knew that people would have something to say about the way I say what’s on my mind. I knew that people would pick at my body‚ my face and the way I speak but the people that matter know who I am already‚ so I don’t really care for the negative comments‚” she said.

People think I'm dumb because I'm a soccer player's wife

Diski Diva Sibongile Masuku told TshisaLIVE that many people assume she is dumb because of her “bad English” when she is in fact a qualified paramedic who resigned from her job to focus on her family.

“I was a paramedic by profession. A practising paramedic‚ but most people don’t know that. Instead they assume that I am dumb because I am a Diski Diva. That’s not the case‚ I just happen to be a wife of a soccer player but that’s not all that I am‚” she said.

Sibongile explained that she practised as a full time paramedic until earlier this year when she resigned to be a ‘stay at home’ mother. She’s a mother of two: A 7-year-old boy and 3-year-old daughter.

The reality TV star added that with her husband often being away from home because of soccer matches‚ her children needed stability and being a paramedic made it hard for her to be present in their lives.

“I loved that job‚ but it was so hectic to be honest. When faced with the choice‚ I chose my kids. I resigned in February this year so I could be there for them when they need me — to go to my son’s soccer matches and to see my daughter’s milestones. I need to be their mother‚” she explained.Sibongile explained that when she is not participating in activities for Diski Divas‚ she is looking after her kids.

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