DJ and former Generations: The Legacy actress Thuli Phongolo has come under fire on social media after her post about maids rubbed people the wrong way and backfired against her.
The actress played the role of Namhla Diale, the daughter of Lucy Diale (Manaka Ranaka) on the soap opera Generations: The Legacy between 2014 and 2018. She left the show when her character was written off in 2018.
The actress’s post about how her maid had stayed up till well after midnight to help her undress did not come well with most people. Writing on her Instagram stories, Thuli Phongolo wrote,
Guys, not my helper waiting for me till 00:28 to help me with my dress and my PJs laid out for me! I appreciate her so much, I can’t!!!!
Unsurprisingly, the post caused mixed reactions among social media users with some saying that if Thuli really wants to appreciate her maid and domestic help, she should ensure that she works reasonable hours. Others accused the actress of being insensitive by actually posting this on social media.
However, other social media users rushed to Thuli’s defence saying that the actress had not done anything wrong or distasteful since her maid was doing the work of her own volition without being forced.
Below are some of the reactions from social media over Thuli Phongolo’s post about her maid,
But did she ask the helper to wait up? Do you even know the kind of relationship she has with her helper? Ha.a guys khanime ngo chuku!
— Zannie Lamuni 🍃🇿🇦 (@zannie_lmn1) November 6, 2020
You’re reaching. Imagine a helper voluntarily waiting up for you after midnight and has to be up by 5am to prepare the house for you and your family? Rubbish 🤷🏾♂️🤷🏾♂️
— Tsheponumber10 (@Tshepono10) November 7, 2020
I mean💁🏽♀️.. That time she’s supposed to be resting
— Melanin blessed Princess🖤 (@PrincessLindok2) November 6, 2020
You’re not missing anything, you just can’t think out of the box. Sometimes these people go to these extra lengths out of fear of losing their jobs. 🚮
— Gedou Mazou 🇿🇦 (@Hlabiz_Tp) November 7, 2020
“It says a lot about her upbringing” lol to me it sounded like she was appreciating her helper and her helper actually waiting for her until that time means they get along. No biggie
— Dora (@Tubatse_Noko) November 6, 2020
Stay in or not she must have time to rest, now she’ll be expected to be up early in the morning to make breakfast n clean after sleeping this late.
— Mzilikazi INKABI (@InkabiMzilikazi) November 6, 2020
Yho hayke guys people can’t even appreciate they’re helpers without them being accused of enslaving them and us thinking the worse. Maybe they just have a close bond🤷🏾♀️. Just maybe. Nam I’m assuming like you are.
— Asiphe_Sila ♌ (@Cihoshe_magaba) November 7, 2020
The uproar over how celebrities treat their maids and domestic help comes just a few days after The Queen’s actress Zenande Mfenyana was dragged for an apparent insensitive post about her help.