South African gospel artist Rebecca Malope who was in the country performing at a family service has opened up about her past.

“A family is supposed to provide love, support and a framework of values to each of its members and provide a setting for personal growth”.

This is what the Queen of African gospel Rebecca never got to enjoy from her parents as she was born to an abusive father.

Born in Mpumalanga in 1968, Rebecca says she suffered an illness that confined her to seven years in a wheelchair since doctors had confirmed she could not walk again.

As she opened up on her emotional upbringing, the 48 year old multi award winning gospel singer told the family gathering at the Prophetic Healing and Deliverance (PHD) Ministries that she felt indebted to come and support in song, an initiative where the church is playing a part to build families.

Meanwhile, Rebecca who is on a two day visit in the country had a stellar performance in Harare last night.

The South African gospel diva arrived in the country Sunday afternoon for a private performance at a local church where she gave a vibrant display, charming the multitudes of her local and South African fans.

The African Queen of gospel had her first album in 1988 and currently holds 35 albums to her name.

Rebecca performed at the PHD Ministries’ family deliverance service in Waterfalls yesterday.