Lesego hits the booze again

2013-09-01 14:00

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Manager reprimands him after three years of sobriety

Gospel and Afro-soul star Lesego Reetseng seems to be back on the bottle after publicly declaring he had kicked the habit.

He was spotted on a drinking binge with friends at a Rosettenville joint two Fridays ago, and was seen casually quaffing a bottle of beer with a friend the next day, apparently downing a little more hair of the dog to cure his babelaas.

The musician, who is recording a new album called Myhome, was reported to his manager Thomas Ndabi, who immediately reprimanded him for falling off the wagon.

Ndabi said he was disturbed when he received information that Reetseng was drinking on Friday.

“I was not with him on Friday. When I heard that he was drinking I reprimanded him. He has not touched alcohol for almost three years and it’s bad if he has gone back to it,” said Ndabi.

“We will continue to give him the support he wants until he stays away from alcohol completely – unless he drinks responsibly.”

A source who spotted Reetseng drinking on both Friday night and Saturday morning said: “On Friday he was drinking with another tall guy who was wearing a cap. He drank again on Saturday, despite claiming he had quit alcohol.

“This man told the media in 2011 that he had quit alcohol and was leading a clean life. But now he has secretly gone back to boozing without notifying his management.

“Now they are concerned that he will miss shows as he did in the past,” said the source.

But Reetseng, who was dumped by music label Soul Candi because he missed a show after drinking himself into a stupor, denied that he was hitting the bottle again.

“I was just having a few drinks to celebrate the successful production of my album,” he said.

“It does not mean I have gone back to heavy drinking. People who say these things are jealous of me,” he added.

Alcohol has not only marred Reetseng’s career – it also affected his love life. His ex-girlfriend Xolelwa Majeke kicked him out of her town house in Midrand five years ago after complaining that he always arrived home sozzled.

Another source close to the musician also alleged Reetseng had gone back to drinking.

He alleged that Reetseng, who shot to fame with the hit song Ketshepile Wena, had relapsed, but he mitigated this by saying it would not affect Reetseng’s career any more – because the singer now drinks responsibly.

“He will not miss his shows as he used to do in the past. This is a chance he cannot afford to lose because of alcohol,” said another source.

Lesego is not the only gospel artist whose lifestyle seems to be a little at odds with the holy music he makes

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