'Gospel singer knifes mate'

Patience Bambalele

Patience Bambalele

Gospel artist Thabiso Moloi narrowly escaped death when he was allegedly stabbed by fellow gospel musician and friend Khulekani Chili.

Moloi says he was standing outside a friend's house when an angry Chili stabbed him several times.

The incident happened on Sunday night in Kingsway, Boksburg, Gauteng, where they both live.

"I got a call at the house of one of the people I worked with on a project. It is very close to where Chili lives.

"While I was talking on the phone I felt something hitting my back. I thought somebody was hitting me with a stone, but he was stabbing me."

The Villiers-born artist was rushed to the Far East Rand Hospital in Springs. He was discharged on Wednesday.

Moloi says Chili had told his friends on Sunday morning that he wanted a gun to kill him.

He also said that Chili had a drinking problem and broken the windows of his house on a previous occasion.

"He came to my house drunk and broke windows and furniture," Moloi says. "He asked me to forgive him and I did. After that, I told him that I was distancing myself from him and he didn't like the idea."

But Chili denies that he stabbed his friend.

"I know Thabiso, but I did not stab him," Chili says. "I have not seen him for a long time."

Moloi says that he has opened a case of assault at the Brakpan police station.

Brakpan police confirm that a case has been opened.