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POP­U­LAR kwaito star Tsekeleke, who is gravely ill with di­a­betes, has cho­sen death over the am­pu­ta­tion of his right leg. I would rather die than to “have my leg am­pu­tated. I have faith and be­lief that God will an­swer my prayers. My fa­ther was also di­a­betic and he had a prob­lem with his leg and they am­pu­tated it. But he later died of the dis­ease, so I would rather die than have it am­pu­tated, he said.

” In a dis­parate move to avoid am­pu­ta­tion, which will abruptly end his mu­sic ca­reer span­ning over 20 years, the colos­sal kwaito sen­sa­tion has turned to In­cred­i­ble Hap­pen­ings Church leader Paseka Mboro Mot­soe­neng for “” di­vine in­ter­ven­tion.

Mboro has placed the kwaito star on a two-month re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion pro­gramme called Eight Weeks of In­cred­i­ble Jour­ney with Mboro.

These, ac­cord­ing to Mboro, are spe­cial prayer ses­sions for con­gre­gants suf­fer­ing from leg-re­lated ill­ness.

News that Tsekeleke, real name Mixon Tholo, has turned to God was re­vealed by a con­gre­gant who com­mis­er­ated with the ailing mu­si­cian af­ter see­ing him limp­ing to Mboro s church

’ last week. Speak­ing from the church s

’ gi­gan­tic mar­quee in Katle­gong, Ekurhu­leni on Tues­day, the Fatty Boom Boom hit­maker con­firmed he was un­der the weather with di­a­betes and that he turned to Mboro to heal his lifethreat­en­ing dis­ease. I have been to dif­fer­ent “places look­ing for help but didn t get any. Af­ter watch­ing

’ peo­ple on tele­vi­sion say­ing they were healed by him, I de­cided to come to him for help. He is my last hope,” he said with tears rolling down his chubby cheeks.

The singer, whose eyes have plunged deep into their sock­ets ap­par­ently due to pain, said he was di­ag­nosed with Type 2 di­a­betes about 10 years ago. I have been liv­ing with “this ill­ness for 10 years and was man­ag­ing it prop­erly by tak­ing med­i­ca­tion. But in the past few weeks things changed. I get tired eas­ily and have chest pains. My right leg started pain­ing and swelling up. Now a sore has de­vel­oped just un­der my big toe and it s grow­ing big­ger by

’ the day, he said.

” He said doc­tors told him that if the leg didn t get

’ bet­ter they would have to am­pu­tate it or he would die.

Tsekele said he came to Mboro s church last

’ Thurs­day af­ter a se­ries of vi­sions and voices he had in his sleep telling him to ap­proach the man of the cloth for help. I asked my pro­ducer “Sk­wayi to or­gan­ise trans­port for me so I can come here and ask for help,” said the Davey­ton-based artist.

The mu­si­cian said he de­cided to seek help im­me­di­ately af­ter los­ing the senses of his leg last week. I can t feel my en­tire leg.” “’ Mboro said he wel­comed Tsekeleke when he came to his church for help. When I heard that he “came to church and af­ter lis­ten­ing to his prob­lem, I placed him on a pro­gramme that we are em­bark­ing upon. He was lucky to have ar­rived when we were about to start. We will pray with him and he will be healed if he has faith. Im a clerk of God, I process

’ your ap­pli­ca­tion for help to God and He an­swers it,” he said.

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