TEENAGE girls across South Africa are not sure whether to laugh or cry after news that British boyband One Direction has jetted into South Africa without Zayn Malik.
Malik, one of the five members of the group, decided on Wednesday to quit the band.
His announcement came shortly after social media photos of him cuddling a pretty blonde landed him in hot water with his fiancée.
While he has gone home to “be a normal 22year-old”, the four remaining members, Niall Horan, Harry Styles, Liam Payne and Louis Tomlinson touched down at Lanseria Airport yesterday.
About Malik’s decision, an upset Jaide Christians, who has tickets to the Cape Town concert on Wednesday, said “if that is what Zayn wanted, I will accept it.
“I’m just upset because the boys will never be the same again. It isn’t One Direction anymore.”
Grade 6 pupil Nurah Hannibal, 11, said she felt the others would do better without him.
“I can’t see him really having a normal life because he was in one of the most popular boy bands.
“I don’t think he was an important member of the band,” she said.
On Wednesday, Malik said: “I feel like it is now the right time for me to leave the band.
“I’d like to apologise to the fans I’ve let down, but I have to do what feels right.
“I want to be able to relax and have some private time out of the spotlight.”
The band is set to perform at the FNB Stadium on Saturday and Sunday and at the Cape Town Stadium next Wednesday.
Big Concert’s Justin van Wyk said the band “will continue to do a full on production.”