Swazi gospel singer apologises

2010-05-21 07:32

Gospel singer, pastor and a Swaziland member of parliament Timothy

Myeni has apologised for controversial statements he made last year and in


Myeni, lead singer of an award-winning gospel outfit, Ncandweni

Christ Ambassadors, had said that HIV positive people should be branded on their

buttocks to curb the spread of the virus.

He turned up for a press briefing yesterday with his adversaries,

National Association of People Living with HIV/Aids (Napwa), who had repeatedly

asked for an apology from him and disrupted his shows in South Africa.

Wearing a black velvet suit, Myeni said: “I apologise

unconditionally to all South Africans, Swazis and people living with HIV about

the statements I made while preaching in Daveyton (Ekurhuleni in 2007) and later

(last year) at a workshop in Swaziland saying people with HIV must be branded on

their buttocks.”

The pastor agreed to place an advert in two local national

newspapers and on radio to make his apology public and pay R30 000 in legal fees

Napwa incurred while defending a court action he brought against them for

disrupting his music shows.

But Myeni distanced himself from the Swaziland National Council of

Arts and Culture’s threat to ban South African artists from performing in

Swaziland. He was saying this because the council stood by him while his shows

where being disrupted by Napwa members in South Africa.

He said: “I’ll ask the council to write a letter of apology to your

minister of arts and culture, Lulu Xingwana.”

Nkululeko Nxesi, Napwa’s secretary-general said:
“We accept

Myeni’s apology and hope he will fulfil his commitments, we will ask our members

to stop disrupting his shows.”

Creative Workers’ Union SA member and poet Mzwakhe Mbuli, who

arranged the briefing, said: “Myeni humbled himself and apologised, he should be


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