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Worrying video of ex-Soweto Gospel Choir star emerges

A video of former Soweto Gospel Choir singer Lehakwe Crystal Tlali roaming the streets and appearing worse for wear has gone viral.

The talented star was known for her rendition of the popular song Modimo Re Boka Wena.

On TikTok, content creator Jerry Maya posted a video of Lehakwe Tlali roaming the streets of Qwaqwa in the Free State.

Lehakwe Crystal Tlali

Maya – who works for the Department of Agriculture & Rural Development, came across the gospel singer while attending an event.

“This is Lekahoe [Lehakwe] Tlali. She used to sing for the Soweto Gospel Choir. Please help her”, he captioned the heartbreaking video.

In the clip, Lehakwe appeared barefoot, dishevelled, and with a cigarette in her hand.

Singing for the camera, the woman admitted to once being a famous singer.

When asked what happened to her, Lehakwe said: “You tell me.”

@jerrymayajerrymay♬ original sound – Jerry-Maya on (0727102536)

@jerrymayajerrymay♬ original sound – Jerry-Maya on (0727102536)

@jerrymayajerrymay♬ original sound – Jerry-Maya on (0727102536)

Social media users were shocked to see the talented woman appearing down and out.

“I see a lot of pain in her face. She is going through something so heartbreaking.”

“I know her soul is crying deep down. Go will come through for her.”

“It’s clear this is a spiritual attack.”

“This can happen to anyone. Life is so hard.”

Sharing a video of Lehakwe Tlali leading the Soweto Gospel Choir into song, the TikToker posted: “We all deserve a second chance in life”.

According to the Sowetan, Lehakwe Tlali was part of the Soweto Gospel Choir, which won two Grammy awards in 2007 and 2008 for Best Traditional World Music Album.

In 2004, Lehakwe was interviewed by the Manchester Evening News during the choir’s UK tour.

Lehakwe revealed that she was just 16 when she joined the choir and that she had been singing since the age of three.

She said: “I send money home to my mother. When I was young, we survived because I went out on to the streets to sing.

“My mother was on her own – my father left when I was very small – so I used what God gave me to help us eat and keep a roof over our heads.

At the time, Lehakwe had travelled with the Soweto Gospel Choir to Europe, Asia, and Australia.

She said of her rise to fame: “I can’t believe what’s happened to me. When I was on stage with Bono and Anastasia, I thought I was dreaming. When I met Nelson Mandela, my heart nearly stopped. I never thought I would leave my hometown, let alone my country.

It’s unclear when Lehakwe left the Soweto Gospel Choir and what transpired thereafter.

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