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By unknown | Sep 18, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 1 ]

Alfred Moselakgomo

Alfred Moselakgomo

Three singers of the award-winning gospel group Masole a Tumelo have claimed they were fired after they had been warned to choose between the group's activities and ZCC leader Bishop Engenas Lekganyane.

Sheila Mahlangu, Esther Monareng and Gladys Dube, all backing vocalists in the group, allege they were fired by the group's committee after they chose to go to church rather than to a scheduled recording date.

The group was then forced to record without them.

The three accuse Masole a Tumelo of not practising what they preach when they advice people to go church.

The singers said they were fired for going to a church which had been visited by the leader of the St Engenas Zion Christian Church (ZCC), Engenas Lekganyane.

Lekganyane's visit coincided with the day the group was scheduled to record.

A former member, who did not wish to be named, said she and other members of the group had earlier asked for permission to see the ZCC leader and were told to choose between him and the group.

"We could not afford to miss our bishop on the day because he came closer to where we live. We normally travel very long trips to Moria to see him, so when we heard that he was coming to Hammanskraal, none of us wanted to miss him," she said.

"We strongly believe that the group could have postponed the recording day to a later date."

The Soshanguve-based Masole a Tumelo, consists of 12 members who are all members of the St Engenas ZCC.

Nicolas Makakase, Masole a Tumelo producer, said the three were suspended and had not been fired.

"They were suspended for failing to go with the group to recording studio for the third time in three years.

"I think they felt that the group would not have been able to record without them," said Makakase.

Masole a Tumelo, which started to record in 1992, has 16 albums to its name. The group is known for its top hits such asEmisang Ho Lwana Ditekising, Bosiu Ba Mahlomola and Dikgamathetse Madi.


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I say no comment like the forgotten Premier of Mpumalanga, Ndaweni Mahlangu, would say.

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