During the early 1980s there was a young couple, Bongani and Lethiwe living in Mpumalanga Province in Amsterdam. Though the couple's marriage was established on a weak, broken foundation, they were blessed with two beautiful children; Skhumbuzo and Nandi. Bongani’s infidelity posed a serious challenge to the relationship resulting in a divorce. With Lethiwe's spiritual maturity and the power of forgiveness, they remarried with Christ Jesus as the cornerstone of their marriage: this second chance produced a better marriage. Skhumbuzo (Zane), a young man with a rare soccer talent, academically gifted, humble and respectful. He had a premature relationship with a fellow student, Kim which caused him a heart-break. After the failed relationship, he became extremely promiscuous. Thato, a born again Christian could have been one of Skhumbuzo’s victims, yet the power of prayer, the word and family support had a supernatural impact upon Zane’s life.
A fearless 10 year old Melusi was entrusted by his father to care for his flock. He was just a young boy modeling after Jesus Christ “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep.” John 10:11. At his age Melusi had already faced a life-long series of challenges, dating back before birth. At only 10 Melusi was a planet-shaker with his remarkable understanding of the things of the spirit.
Melusi was the only son of Mlungisi and Nondumiso Zondo, a son they got in their 40s, and he was very close to their hearts. The couple had made their own share of mistakes and believed to have paid heavily for. The Zondos were residing in the Kwa-Zulu Natal province in a small village called Nongowa in Zululand under Chief Govozile and Queen Makhosi Nkabinde. The royal family was blessed with only one child, a daughter Princess Nobuhle.
The biologically unrelated Nkabinde and Zondo family found themselves relating in a rather surprising way. See how the blood connected the two families, as we turn into the previous page to witness what happened ‘Before The Bridge’.