Amazing 28-year-old writes Std 5 exam
MBABANE – Reverend Grace Masilela, Deputy Commissioner of the Human Rights and Integrity Commission only sat for the Standard Five exam when she was 28 years old.
She obtained a third class pass. Then, Masilela was 28 years old. Masilela who was not a full time pupil only went to write her Standard Five exam at the Siteki Nazarene Primary School without having done the other classes. This is contained in a documentary of Masilela’s life story which is currently being compiled and is expected to be released at the beginning of this month. The documentary will be titled ‘The Exceptional Transformation from a traditional healer (inyanga) to an Evangelist." In the 32-minute documentary, which comes in the form of a CD and DVD, Masilela now aged 62, tells her life story of receiving Christ.
She explains how she became a traditional healer at the age of 10 after she was forced to go through all the rituals. In the process, Masilela helped a number of people who had problems and those who were sick. She gives a clear picture on of her entire journey from a young traditional healer to one of the more popular evangelists in the country as well as neighbouring countries.
Masilela told the Times SUNDAY that the main purpose of the documentary was to show people that indeed nothing was impossible with God.
She explained that she had never gone to school as she left the country at the age of 11 after she had had to go to Mozambique as that was the only place where she could learn how to become a traditional healer. "I spent five years in Mozambique before coming back to the country," she said. "When I returned home, I was 15 years old and had never been to school. I stayed with my relatives, one of whom was Tsembani Tsabedze, who is now the Public Relations Officer at Sebenta National Institute. By then, Tsabedze was doing Standard Eight (Form Two)".
She said most of her age mates where attending school and as a result, she got interested in learning. "Tsabedze gave herself time to teach me some of the things she learnt at school and that is how I began learning."
This happened while she was still a traditional healer but one day, she allegedly heard a voice calling her. She believes this was God’s voice.
"I got sick and did not know what to do after I had tried everything," she said.
"God then spoke to me through a voice. He wanted me to repent and follow Jesus Christ as well as help win the lives of people over to Christ." Masilela said after hearing this voice she began to attend church services where she was eventually born again. "All this happened around 1973," she said. "After I had received Christ, with the little education I had obtained from Tsabedze, I then applied at the Nazarene Bible College in Siteki where I was accepted and studied for a diploma in bible theology for three years."
In 1978, she then went to the Siteki Nazarene Primary School where she asked to be allowed to write her standard Five exam. "Since most of the teachers knew me, they allowed me and offered to help me as I prepared for the exam," she said. "I was not a day scholar as I was also a student at the bible college. I had to write two exams being the one for Standard Five and the one for the diploma.
I eventually passed both and graduated at the bible college." Masilela said she then went to do her secondary education at the Siteki Nazarene Secondary. "I did not attend school full time because I was an evangelist and was also continuing with my bible studies at the college. I obtained my O’level certificate at the Emlalatini Development Centre." She said between 1994 and 1999, she did her degree in bible theology and this was before she was appointed leader of the Mbabane Nazarene Church.
"Despite that I did not do my primary school, I am proud to say that I now have a degree in The Bible Theology." She said despite that she was now aged 62, she had already enrolled with the University of South Africa (UNISA) where she will be studying as from August. "I will be doing my honours degree in Bible Theology," she said. "I like learning and therefore whenever I get a chance of going to school, I make sure that I use it accord-ingly." She said another reason why she decided to compile the documentary was because a lot of people had the wish to know the exact trail of events that occurred when she went through the transformation and she believed this was an opportunity for them to learn her entire life story. In the documentary, Masilela has teamed up with a comp-any known as ‘Inya-ndza Music,’ which was responsible of producing it. Man-qoba Magongo, Inyandza Music Producer and Engi-neer, confirmed their partnership with Masi-lela saying the docume-ntary would be released early next month.
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