Singer-Songwriter Threatens to Sue South African Women’s Magazine

January 2017 issue cover-line roils Zahara.

True Love magazine bills itself as an ‘indispensable accessory that inspires, entertains and advises modern African women.’ But the January issue of the South African monthly women’s glossy has proved to be less than inspiring for the person featured on its cover, Bulelwa Mkutukana, who goes by the stage name Zahara.

A photo posted by Bulelwa Mkutukana (@zaharasa) on

Per the Instagram post above and an interview published today in Johannesburg daily newspaper The Times, the popular singer-songwriter is outraged at the main cover line’s use of the word “Drugs:”

“Before the interview we had agreed on what we would talk about. In the interview we talked about hair, body and marriage. I was excited because this was the first time I revealed certain things about my love life but drugs and alcohol was never discussed,” she said.

The singer wants all copies of the magazine removed from shelves. “If they don’t recall this cover today, I will be left with no choice but to take legal action against them. I’m going out this morning to look for magazines and if I find them, I will sue,” she said.

Apparently, True Love has a history of sensational covers. As blogger Phil Mphela reminds in his holiday-interrupting post:

FACT: Zahara posed for True Love knowing full well what the magazine’s history is. 

Is it OK for the mag to mislead the public? Hell no. But [if] you lie with dogs, you can’t be surprised when you wake up with fleas. Any celebrity that does a cover for True Love after what they did to other celebrities over and over again should not act all surprised when the same is done to them.

Tweets like the one below are reflective of the general sentiment among fans and colleagues. At press time, True Love publisher Nikki Ruttimann has yet to respond.