Exclusive: Gospel star’s DNA shocker

2013-12-01 14:00

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Sechaba Pali ‘shocked’ to discover he is not the father of child born to 15-year-old.

Convicted gospel sensation Sechaba Pali is devastated after two sets of DNA tests revealed that he is not the biological father of the child born to the 15-year-old girl who accused him of statutory rape.

The results were released last week, almost three weeks after the musician was convicted of statutory rape and handed a five-year suspended sentence by the Tweespruit Regional Court in Free State.

The teenager told police that she fell pregnant when the married artist raped her after plying her with alcohol in Tweespruit late last year.

The first DNA tests were conducted by the Tweespruit police after a case of rape was opened against the award-winning singer in March this year.

The second tests were conducted after the teenager sued Pali for maintenance two months ago, accusing him of being a deadbeat dad.

“All the tests revealed that I’m not the father of the child,” Pali confirmed to City Press. He said the results came as a terrible shock to him.

“I had reconciled myself with the fact that I’m her father. Like any other father, there were emotional attachments between me and the child, and to discover that I’m not the father was so devastating. I’m so hurt. My heart is bleeding,” he said.

The platinum-selling artist now claims that it’s possible that he didn’t even have sex with the teenager because he was too drunk to remember the events of that night.

This is despite him pleading guilty of the charges in court.

“You remember when I told you guys [the media] when this thing came out that I didn’t know if I slept with this woman. But you, the media, wanted to blacken my reputation and said I slept with her. Perhaps I pleaded guilty because I was confused and wanted this thing to go away,” he said.

City Press has learnt from a reliable source that police are planning to interrogate the teenager about the true identity of the father of her child.

“They want to interrogate her before opening a case of statutory rape against whoever impregnated her,” said the source.

Free State police spokesperson Sergeant Martin Xuma confirmed this, as well as the results of the paternity tests.

Xuma said Pali was at liberty to appeal the rape conviction, but would battle because he had already pleaded guilty to the offence.

“We did not arrest him because of the child. We arrested him based on the evidence we had against him. That is why even in court we did not say that he was the father of the child,” he said.

The teenager’s affidavit said that Pali, who was friends with her sister, arrived at her Welkom home and invited her to travel with him to Tweefontein.

She said that she arrived there drunk after he plied her with alcohol.

She said she fell into a deep sleep, waking up in the middle of the night with the gospel star on top of her.

When she asked what he was doing, he told her not to worry and promised not to ejaculate inside her.

The teenager claimed that he deflowered her and that she had a platonic relationship with her boyfriend.

She also claimed that her uncle opened a case of statutory rape against the musician after she missed her monthly periods.

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