Gospel singer fails to apologise

2010-05-14 17:13

The gospel singer and Swazi member of parliament Pastor Timothy

Myeni failed to attend a press conference today where he was supposed to apologise for

a controversial statement he made about people with HIV/Aids.

Myeni’s statement last year that HIV-positive people should be

marked on their buttocks caused an uproar and he had agreed to meet with the

National Association for People Living with HIV/Aids (Napwa) to offer an


Instead he sent his brother to apologise on his behalf, citing

illness as an excuse.

Napwa has in the past disrupted concerts of Myeni’s gospel group

Ncandweni and planned to disrupt his show tomorrow in Durban.

The organisation is demanding that Myeni write a letter and also apologise

publicly by placing advertisements on radio and TV and in a national


Nkululeko Nxesi, Napwa’s secretary-general, said: “If Myeni does

not apologise himself we will continue to disrupt his shows and remove his

records from music shops.”

Napwa’s disruptions have led to the Swaziland National Council of

Arts and Culture threatening to ban South African artists from performing in


The Creative Workers Union of SA has called on the Swaziland

Council to retract its threat.

Napwa agreed to call off tomorrow’s planned disturbance of

Ncandweni’s show because Myeni undertook to meet Napwa next Thursday to



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