Pamela “Gonyeti” Zulu intermittently broke down on Wednesday when she narrated the story of her alleged sexual abuse by former employer Jah Prayzah to The Herald. She said that she did not want the story to be made public and that she was surprised to see it in a Zimpapers publication the next day.
I did not want this information to go public. I just got angry in a meeting last week and spilled the beans in front of other people. We were only five in the meeting and tempers flared until I reminded him about his sex escapades in anger. It is embarrassing to share a story of sexual abuse with the world and I thought the issue would end in the meeting. I was surprised to see a story about it in a newspaper and I feel so bad, but I don’t have anything to hide anymore.
She admitted having been abused sexually without protection by Jah Prayzah on numerous occasions for the past three years to safeguard her job,
Many women do not disclose issues related to sexual abuse because they are afraid of stigmatisation. I was one of them. What will people say when they know Jah Prayzah had sexually abused me without protection? I had to live with it. I had to please my paymaster. Now they have told the world about it and the most painful thing is that Jah Prayzah is saying I am lying. Why would I lie that I slept with him? Why would I lie to embarrass myself?
Gonyeti said the sexual abuse was the main reason why she left Jah Prayzah’s Third Generation band,
I asked myself why I was hanging on when I was being abused in many ways. I was a sex slave and I was also not getting paid for my services in the band. I just had to keep pleasing my master with my body, my voice and my energy for nothing. I just said ‘enough is enough’ and I quit the band. Honestly, the issue of sexual abuse was personal. Now they have told the world about it and everyone will see me as a dirty person.
Gonyeti said she is now being terrorised by some of Jah Prayzah’s female fans on social media. She said she is taking a legal route to recover her salary arrears and would not want her attention to be distracted from the real cause of her confrontation with her former employer. The Herald’s efforts to get a comment from Jah Prayzah were unsuccessful as he is currently in South Africa shooting a video for the track “Mdhara Vachauya”