Fam­ily ap­plaud guilty ver­dict for kwaito star

CityPress - - News - NTOMBIZODWA MAKHOBA ntombizodwa@city­press.co.za

The fam­ily of the 17-year-old who was raped by her cousin, kwaito star Sipho Ndlovu, cel­e­brated his con­vic­tion yes­ter­day, say­ing it took three painful years for jus­tice to be de­liv­ered.

“God has an­swered our prayers,” said a re­lieved Bab’ Ng­wenya, the teenager’s fa­ther.

“As a fam­ily, we had lost hope and given up. But when he was found guilty of rape on Fri­day, we were happy that jus­tice was served. Now my daugh­ter is free.”

Ndlovu, known by his stage name Brickz, was found guilty of rape by the Rood­e­poort Mag­is­trates’ Court on Fri­day. He had raped his rel­a­tive in Novem­ber 2013 at his home in Ruim­sig.

Ng­wenya said he had pre­vi­ously given Ndlovu a chance “to come and asked for for­give­ness from the fam­ily and the vic­tim”. But Ndlovu showed no re­morse, telling him that he would not apol­o­gise for what he did not do.

“We are fam­ily and I was ready to for­give Sipho be­cause he is like a son to me. But he chose to act like an an­i­mal. I blame him and those who sup­ported him. We did not have to go this far if he had come for­ward and apol­o­gised ... Uvuna okut­shalile [You reap what you sow],” he said.

When the charges first came to light in 2013, City Press re­ported that Ndlovu’s wife, Nqo­bile, ques­tioned the teenager af­ter she started act­ing strangely. She even­tu­ally re­vealed that Ndlovu had raped her.

Nqo­bile and the teen’s fa­ther went to the po­lice sta­tion to­gether to re­port the crime.

On Fri­day, Mag­is­trate John Baloyi told a packed court­room that Ndlovu was guilty as charged as he failed to con­vince the court that he did not com­mit the crime.

Ndlovu’s R50 000 bail was im­me­di­ately re­voked and he was led down to the hold­ing cells, where he will re­main in cus­tody un­til his sen­tenc­ing on July 20.

PHOTO: JAN RIGHT

CHARGED Kwaito mu­si­cian Sipho ‘Brickz’ Ndlovu waits for judg­ment to be handed down at the Rood­e­poort Mag­is­trates’ Court on Fri­day

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