Gospel star tackles robbers in the nude

2013-06-16 14:01

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Platinum-selling gospel star Sechaba Pali found himself in the nude in the middle of the street fighting off two intruders who were trying to rob his home this week.

He and his wife, Julie, and their children were asleep in their Vosloorus home when the men broke in.

The award-winning recording artist told City Press that he was awoken at about 4am yesterday by the sound of footsteps in his bedroom.

When he opened his eyes, he saw two men fiddling with the cables of his sound system and television set.

“I then said to them, ‘Now you are going to see something that you have not seen before’, but they ignored me and continued with their evil work,” he said. So he jumped out of bed and attacked the intruders, shoving one and charging at the other.

“They then stormed out of the house and ran into the street. Because I was not sure if they took anything, I ran after them without realising that I was naked. It only sank in when some taxi drivers started looking at me in a funny way. I hurried back into my house,” said an amused Pali.

He told City Press he was fed up with the crime in the area and now wanted to sell his house in the eastern Johannesburg township and move to town because he no longer felt safe.

“This was now the third time I have had my house broken into. In December last year, they stole my television set, a freezer, two wheelbarrows and three bicycles. Before that, they broke into my salon, which is at the back of my house, and stole a sound system and a till machine. If I continue to live here, they will end up killing my wife and kids. I have a show on Sunday in Welkom, but I can’t go there because I’m afraid that they will come back and hurt my family,” said the fed-up star.

Police spokesperson Godfrey Maditji confirmed that a case of housebreaking had been opened by Pali on Saturday morning and that an investigation was under way

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