Prophet Bushiri’s Enlightened Christian Gathering (ECG) church and legendary gospel sensation Solly Moholo have parted ways.
Moholo, who joined the church last year after a long battle with ZCC over his performance gear, has now returned to Africa’s biggest church.
Moholo has now released a gospel song in which he says the Bishop Barnabas Lekganyane-led church must forgive him, and also said he was a kosher ZCC member. Some of the song’s lyrics, which he waxed in Sepedi, say: “Phuthego lentshwarele, Bushiri onropile. Ke mosione 99 [The church should forgive me because Bushiri has robbed me. I’m a bona-fide Zion Christian Church member].”
Bushiri’s lawyer, Ntsako Baloyi, confirmed that Moholo was no longer part of the ECG, saying the church had parted ways with him because it couldn’t afford the Ke lahlile Botsotsi hitmaker’s demands. “Some of his demands were just too difficult to meet. He created an impression that he didn’t come to church for salvation [but] for other things,” Baloyi said.
Moholo said: “I have no comment. Im just dissappointed that things turned out this way.”
A senior ECG member, who didn’t want to be named because he was not allowed to speak to the media, also confirmed Moholo’s departure from the church.
He alleged Moholo joined forces with ECG after meeting Bushiri at his hotel in Rustenburg, North West.
During the meeting Moholo allegedly pleaded poverty and asked Bushiri to help him with funds for his album.
“Bushiri helped him with funds from his pocket but stopped later at the advice of other church members. Our prophet is a generous man, and there was no doubt that he would have continued to help him. The problem was that this was going to create a message that Solly was bigger than other church members because of his demands,” said the member.
The member said it was only when the church heard he had released a song about going back to ZCC that they learnt he had left. “Had it not been for that song, we would not have even noticed that he had left.”