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MANZINI – Popular South African Gospel artist Lungelo Hlongwane needed little more than just divine intervention when he had to bear the consequences of arriving late for a prayer session.

He arrived at 3am at the Divine Healing Ministries International in Manzini last Saturday in the hope that it was a six-to-six all-night prayer.
On his arrival, he found the main entrance to the auditorium closed and members had left the place. The singer, known for his song ‘Chubeka Nkosi’ was expected to perform there. After seeing that the brethren were not in the dome, he went to The George Hotel, where he had booked accommodation.

In the morning of Saturday, he reportedly drove to the bishop’s residence at Fairview to apologise for the inconvenience and to explain that his travel from Durban to Eswatini was delayed by traffic congestion. Apparently, he had been booked a week prior to perform at the church and was paid a deposit of E3 000. Worshippers are understood to have prayed throughout the night but the Gospel sensation failed to arrive on time, leaving some church members angry.


Another theory is that a few members were inside the church when he arrived, but the prayer had ended. It has been established that Lungelo was accompanied by his backup singers, whom he left at the hotel when he drove to the bishop’s home to apologise for not making it to the show on time.
Upon arrival at the bishop’s home, it is alleged that Lungelo had a disagreement with the Liqoqo member over the time at which he arrived for the prayer. It is alleged Lungelo was briefly detained because his car keys had been taken away from him to be returned when he had refunded his host the E3 000 he had been paid as a deposit.

In an interview with Eswatini News, Lungelo said the incident left him traumatised. For starters, he actually did confirm that he had been booked to perform at the Divine Healing Ministries International. The once Joyous Celebration-featured singer, who is now making a name in the Gospel industry, also alluded to the fact that he arrived just before 4am. Further, Lungelo, who has since returned to South Africa (SA), said the reason he decided to go to the bishop’s home was because he knew that he had arrived late and that this was against the agreement he had with his host.

He said when he arrived on Saturday morning, he was of the view that the all-night prayer would continue. He said he saw some of the people at the church who were by that time leaving. The musician said he did not immediately go to the bishop’s home to apologise but instead, he first went to his hotel room with others. He said he wanted to rest since it was still dark and he was exhausted after travelling a long distance from Durban.


However, he felt he should exhibit attributes of Christianity by going to the Shongwe’s home to offer profuse apologises for not arriving on time for the prayer. He said his explanation and apology was seemingly unacceptable and trouble started as the bishop demanded to know why he arrived late.
Explaining to this publication, he mentioned to the bishop that the reason he arrived late was because of the traffic along the way. He said the traffic had been caused by accidents along the way. He said the bishop then demanded that he should pay back the money he was given as a deposit or that he would take the car keys.

“I then gave him the car keys,” said Lungelo. Meanwhile, in the past, this publication, through the entertainment section, has often published stories about musicians from South Africa (SA) who were booked to perform but did not show up. One such incident was that of the popular Zodwa Wabantu, who had been scheduled to perform at the Zhumiao Lounge and Lifestyle near Matsamo but did not show up. This left some artists furious that they had spent on transport to travel to the area and see her perform yet she did not show up.

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