Gamu Nhengu to leave UK?
Zimbabwe-born 'The X Factor' star Gamu Nhengu will be forced to leave the UK after her family's visa application has been denied
'X Factor' star Gamu Nhengu will be forced to leave the UK.
The 18-year-old singer has attracted the support of nearly 215,000 fans on Facebook, who are demanding the Zimbabwe-born songstress has her place reinstated on the ITV1 show after judge Cheryl Cole failed to put her through to the live finals.
While it was originally thought Gamu may stand a chance of re-entering the competition through a rumoured "wild card" on this Saturday's (09.10.10) show, the UK Border Agency has confirmed her mother Nokuthula Ngazana has been ordered to leave the country.
A spokesperson said: "The applications made by Miss Ngazana and her family were considered in line with the published immigration rules. Miss Ngazana's application was refused as it did not meet all of the conditions for approval. Her family, who had applied as her dependants, were therefore also refused.
"Where people are found to have no right to remain in the UK we expect them to leave voluntarily."
The family reportedly has just days to return to Zimbabwe or they will face deportation, with Gamu unable to apply for a visa on her own behalf.
While it is widely believed Cheryl put through 'X Factor' hopefuls Katie Waissel, Cher Lloyd and Rebecca Ferguson ahead of Gamu because of show bosses being concerned about her visa application, the 27-year-old judge has received a severe backlash from the public.
Reaction has been so extreme that the 'Fight for This Love' singer has reportedly received death threats in the wake of last Sunday's show.
The Sun newspaper cites one, circulated via Blackberry Messenger, as saying: "Dat cheryl was da biggest mistake of your life. U want to act innocent on tv like you don't know wat ur doing. But we all know how racist you are. Every1 has a bullet for you. (sic)"
Meanwhile, a 39-member group entitled 'cheryl cole to die a painful death for being a T**T and blasted into space (sic)' has sprung up on Facebook.