JOHANNESBURG — Popular South African gospel star Sechaba Pali and his wife Julia are apparently not on good terms.
The crooner reportedly prayed for his life as his knife-wielding wife, angered by his unholy ways, allegedly vandalised their furniture. The incident occurred towards the end of last year at their matrimonial home in Vosloorus, east of Jo’burg.
This was after the musician was handed a five-year suspended sentence for raping a minor in Welkom in the Free State in 2012.
Two independent sources said — on condition of anonymity — that the award-winning gospel muso claims his wife, Julia Pali, lost it when she suspected that he was seeing other women.
She allegedly slashed their lounge suite with a knife and smashed other household items.
Julia has apparently moved out and resigned as Pali’ s manager.
According to another source, the marriage is on the rocks.
“I was organising a music event this year and decided to include him in the line-up of the artists performing in my show. I asked him to give me the contact details of his wife so I could send him a contract. He told me that his wife was no longer managing him because they have separated,” the promotor says.
Julia denies slashing the sofas and moving out of their love nest.
“It is not true. I love my husband very much. We might have had issues, but we are still together and devoted to our marriage. I am still happy and committed to my marriage.”
Pali confirms that his wife vandalised their furniture, but denies that their marriage is in trouble.
“I had a fight with my wife last year around the time I was accused of the rape thing with the girl. Things were broken in the house. She was angry until I apologised to her on a gospel show on TV.
“When we had the fight, she damaged some furniture, but it was only small things.
“She did not intend to, she was just angry,” Pali says.
Speculation is rife that Julia is staying in Pretoria, but Pali says she went there looking for a job as a geologist and commutes from Vosloorus to the city.
Pali has launched a broadside against his former boss and owner of Zuzmuz Music, Tshepo Nzimande, accusing him of leaking the story.
“Tshepo came to my house before I could clean up to talk about music. That is when he learnt of the vandalism. I normally do not have the energy to entertain him, but now he is jeopardising my marriage. My wife has had enough of these stories.”
Pali claims Nzimande is hellbent on destroying him because he is about to release an album.
Nzimande confirms that Pali has confronted him.
“I was shocked because we had just had a meeting to release his album during Easter. I told him that I’m not interested in his private life.”
— Sunday World