Controversial South African podcast host and pop culture commentator Nhlamulo “Nota” Baloyi has built his brand off of saying the worst things and he recently found himself trending for this.
A Twitter user posted a snippet of a recent chat that Nota had on a podcast where he stated that he does not find Influencer Mihlali Ndamase attractive. He added that this was because he viewed her as someone or something that he could buy and proceeded to compare her to animals and objects.
“There are some guys who think that Mihlali is attractive and all I think is ningamuthenga (I could buy her). And they don’t understand that if Mihlali is for sale, that means she’s an object, which means that you can kill her if you want to… It’s like buying a dog.. You can put it down.”
Social media users who saw the clip immediately noted their concern with the nature of his comments.
“This Nota person is not okay. How can you justify killing someone or even killing a dog. We have so many issues as a country yet when he is given a platform to make an impact, he gets there and discuss whether Mihlali is beautiful or not. Hayi bandla,” commented @xolelwanx on Twitter.
Nota a stupid arrogant man who has been given a platform multiple times bc South African men feed off men who hate women.
Suggesting that he would kill Mihlali is vile and I don't understand how that podcast gets away with so much harm all in the name of "free speech".
— South Africa is HELL (@Nampree) July 2, 2022
It's how comfortable Nota is that pisses me off. That man he's talking to, is agreeing with him… Giving him the ear and the platform to spread GBV. We not asking for men to protect us, we just want them to leave us alone. Please… Hands off mihlali
— Queen Mills ❤ (@milliselale) July 2, 2022
You can not be threatening to kill people casually on public platforms with no consequence ,countries led by Dictators like Paul Kgame or Putin would never tolerate such,Democracy and Freedom of Speech yamasimba. I pray for Mihlali safety,Nota is a poes.
— Real Evidence (@FinalBoss300) July 2, 2022
At some point men like this, and all their praise singers have to ask themselves why the fixation with humbling women. Banenzeni abafazi? No guys maan. This is horrible. This should be punishable by law https://t.co/spHHn32GA0
— music.as.love (@simphiwedana) July 2, 2022
Nota and the podcast host he was speaking to were speaking about women and making denigrating comments about them during their discussion.
Those who saw the clip were concerned with how casually Nota spoke about killing a woman, especially given the prevalence of gender-based violence and femicide in South Africa.
Others noted how he may have used her name specifically to draw attention to the blog as he has believed to employ the tactic of making incendiary comments to get people talking about whatever he may be looking to promote.
Finally, people raised the question about why the influencer is so hated by men who continue to make demeaning, violent and sexist comments about her online.