Cape Town-based gospel artist, Kholekile Hlubi Qongqo, survived three car accidents in the past 10 years.
He believes that his fellow artist Thumeka Lothe, who is currently recovering from an accident that happened in the Eastern Cape in April, will come back to the stage a stronger woman.
Speaking to Daily Sun about his experience, Kholekile said: “In 2007, I was involved in an accident when I was coming from a show in Mthatha in the Eastern Cape.
“I was travelling with my group. The car had a tyre burst in Beaufort West and rolled twice. We went to the hospital for minor injuries.”
The second one happened in 2011 when he was coming from Joburg on his way to Cape Town.
“We drove into a tree. The driver did not see that there were some roadworks taking place. He only saw when he was too close, so he lost control of the car and hit the tree,” he said.
Kholekile said the third accident happened in 2017 when he was going to perform in George. The car he was driving in also had a tyre burst.
“In all these accidents, our vehicles got seriously damaged and were written off but we came out alive.
“I later realised that I had problems with my spine and had to walk using crutches. I had to have an operation and stayed in the hospital for two months.
“The doctors told me that if I didn’t do the procedure, I was going to be wheelchair-bound all my life,” he said.
He said he spent some time on a wheelchair. He said that he was unable to drive and this made his life difficult.
“I went through what Thumeka is going through. I know she will stand up and be on her feet again.
“All she needs is support, especially from us her friends and fellow artists.
“We can pray but prayers won’t give her food, so we need to contribute the little that we can. This will make a difference,” said Kholekile.
Earlier this month, gospel artists from around Cape Town contributed some money and groceries for Thumeka.
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