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By unknown | Jul 22, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Alfred Moselakgomo

Alfred Moselakgomo

Burying the hatchet took on a new meaning for a group of Pretoria gospel singers when the death of a colleague brought them together with their "detractors" at the weekend.

After a protracted battle over payments and unfair dismissals that marred the image of the group, the divided members united on Saturday to bid farewell to late fellow singer Fana Bocube.

Earlier this year Paballo Bilankulu, Mmatlala Maisela and Betty Ribane refused to be part of the group after having half of their salaries deducted by the group's managers for failing to report for practice sessions.

Before this incident the other three singers, Sheila Mahlangu, Esther Monareng and Gladys Dube, were fired after they had been made to choose between the choral group's activities and attending church during a visit by the St Engenas Zion Christian Church brass band.

The band's visit coincided with the group's scheduled recording date. When the three chose to go to church the group was forced to record without them and they were fired.

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


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