Why SA gospel star was ‘as­saulted’

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He said Mr Pali had vis­ited the area on nu­mer­ous oc­ca­sions with­out in­ci­dent.

“I un­der­stand that Sech­aba has been vis­it­ing this vil­lage for four months and he was not harmed by any­one dur­ing his pre­vi­ous vis­its,” Chief Ma­jara said.

“How­ever, this was not the first time a com­plaint had been made against Sech­aba. Firstly it was the lady’s fam­ily which had asked for in­ter­ven­tion say­ing he was wav­ing a gun in their faces and in­sult­ing them. I did not in­ter­vene that time but re­ferred the mat­ter to the po­lice.”

He con­tin­ued: “This time around, I went to the house with mem­bers of the com­mu­nity with­out any weapons.

“When we ar­rived, I called the lady out­side the house as the law­ful ten­ant but then Sech­aba stood in her way in the open door stop­ping her.

“She some­how man­aged to es­cape and ran to me, but he quickly pulled her back into the house.

“Two of the men tried to stop him but he pushed him to the ground. Sech­aba pushed the other one into a car which was parked nearby. As he at­tacked those men, Sech­aba was ut­ter­ing in­sults that I can­not re­peat.”

Chief Ma­jara said the men be­came an­gry and briefly re­tal­i­ated. He said Mr Pali man­aged to wig­gle away and ran into the house be­fore lock­ing him­self inside.

“I then asked the lady to take Sech­aba out of the vil­lage fear­ing that the men may at­tack him again con­sid­er­ing how an­gry they were. I then went to the Mabote Po­lice Sta­tion the fol­low­ing day to re­port the mat­ter where I learned that Sech­aba had al­ready made a re­port.”

The chief also in­di­cated that he had later learnt that other peo­ple had been in­sulted by Mr Pali on sev­eral pre­vi­ous oc­ca­sions.

“Sech­aba is still wel­come in my vil­lage and will not be harmed should he be­have him­self. We live with many for­eign­ers in the vil­lage and have never harmed any­one,” he said.

At­tempts to get Sech­aba’s side were fruit­less.

For his part, po­lice spokesper­son, In­spec­tor Mpiti Mopeli con­firmed Mr Pali and Chief Ma­jara’s re­ports to Mabote po­lice on sep­a­rate oc­ca­sions.

“The chief did give his ac­count of the in­ci­dent, but as for Sech­aba, he was given a med­i­cal form to take to the hos­pi­tal which he was sup­posed to bring back for his state­ment. How­ever, he has not yet re­turned and we, there­fore, can­not take the case any fur­ther.”

KHUBETSOANA Area Chief Hlathe Ma­jara.

ABOVE from left: Gospel star Sech­aba Pali shows the bruises on his body.

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