He never thought sharing pictures of his double-storey home would start a rumour that has spread like wildfire.
Gospel star Thinah Zungu (31) built a house for his family in 2019 and he is currently installing a pool in his yard and making some other changes. He has been sharing this journey openly on social media but not everyone is impressed.
The Ekugcineni singer doesn’t know how he got to be involved in the ukuthwala rumour that has been written about on social media. Ukuthwala is a practice that involves using muti to acquire long-term wealth.
“I don’t know where this comes from but I think it is a false perception some people have. When they see someone become successful then they always think otherwise. But the bottom line is we are working.
“What is a gospel artist supposed to live like? Are we supposed to die poor?” Thinah asks.
It’s not the first time he’s received negative attention after building his house.
“Believers would send messages and tell me to stop posting my house because it is not of God,” he tells Drum. “But you know, people who know me and my music know me, and it’s humbling to see people defend me when such comments are made.”
Thinah grew up in KwaZulu-Natal in a four-roomed house that was on the verge of falling apart.
“When it rained at 12 midnight, we had to wake up because the roof was leaking. Water would not only come through the roof but through the cracked walls of the house,” he recalls.
So before building his own house, he built his parents what he calls a “comfortable” home.
Contrary to what some may believe, he says him posting images of his house wasn’t because he was bragging.
“People think I am boasting but for me it is an achievement. When I look at how I grew up to having this house now, I am really proud.
“It’s all about how people look at it. Some are inspired and some don’t see any good based on their own feelings. To those who are inspired, I just want to say it’s possible,” Thinah insists.
He says the main reason for his constant posting is because he’s started his own construction company after building his parents' and his own home.
“I thought it would be just that [building the two houses], but then I was introduced to construction. Little did I know that God was opening a new door for me. It was perfect timing and my house is evidence of my work,” he says.
There’s no doubt 2020 was a tough year for artists who had little or no income, so starting his business has helped him through the dark times.
No matter what people say, Thinah says this is a blessing and he’s not about to keep quiet.
“I used to spend thousands in a month just for rent and I had put a stop to it. To others who wish to have their own bond-free homes, I want to say that whenever you find a chance to do something permanent and meaningful for yourself, do it. Now, no matter what happens and the challenges we have seen with lockdown, at least I have a shelter.”
He’s also proud to be employing around 50 people.
“At a time when people were losing jobs, I was able to create employment. Now God is not only using me through the spiritual music but through this too," he adds.