/ 7 February 2008

Soul Brothers singer arrested for assault

The Soul Brothers’ lead singer was arrested at his home in Mofolo Park, Soweto, for assaulting his wife, police said on Wednesday.

Spokesperson Inspector Kay Makhubele said police had been looking for David Masondo (58) since February 2.

”A case was opened and a protection order was sought against him by his wife, Nomsa,” Makhubele said. ”Masondo arrived at home today [Wednesday] unaware of the protection order, and the wife alerted the police.”

Makhubele said the two often fought, and the wife decided to seek a protection order when a firearm was pointed at her.

Masondo was served with the protection order on his arrest and would appear in the Protea Magistrate’s Court on Thursday. He is facing charges of assault and pointing a firearm.

The Soul Brothers have recorded more than 30 albums since their formation in 1974, according to Music.org.za. Initially formed in KwaZulu-Natal, the group became one of the most successful proponents of the mbaqanga sound that dominated South African urban music for several decades.

Masondo started as the group’s drummer but later moved to lead vocals.