Nt­siki Mazwai reveals the name of her al­leged rapist

Poet reveals that she has suf­fered vi­o­lence at the hands of a mu­si­cian

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THE coun­try is still re­cov­er­ing from shock af­ter poet and singer, Nt­siki Mazwai, re­vealed to all and sundry on her In­sta­gram ac­count that she was also a vic­tim of rape al­legedly at the hands of kwaito star Brickz, real name Sipho Ndlovu.

The two celebri­ties were in­volved in a ro­man­tic re­la­tion­ship.

This is not the first time Nt­siki has spo­ken about her or­deal. In 2013, she broke the in­ter­net when she went on a ram­page af­ter the al­le­ga­tions against Brickz came to the fore. In re­turn, a scorned Brickz threat­ened to re­lease her nude pic­tures on so­cial me­dia. In ad­di­tion to this, last year, Nt­siki re­vealed on Twit­ter that she suf­fered vi­o­lence at the hands of an “in­dus­try guy”.

MIXED RE­AC­TION

This rev­e­la­tion has re­sulted in mixed re­ac­tions. Many sym­pa­thised with Nt­siki and hailed her for her courage to speak out.

Many peo­ple are say­ing Nt­siki has no rea­son to lie about be­ing raped and urged peo­ple to sup­port her and other vic­tims of sex­ual abuse be­cause no one de­serves to be raped.

On the other hand, some peo­ple have ac­cused Nt­siki of seek­ing at­ten­tion, ques­tion­ing the tim­ing of her rev­e­la­tion.

SUP­PORT FOR NT­SIKI

TV per­son­al­ity, Andile Gae­le­siwe, who was also a vic­tim of rape, said some of the re­sponses to Nt­siki's rev­e­la­tion con­firm that many South Africans don’t un­der­stand rape and sex­ual vi­o­lence, adding that peo­ple needed to be ed­u­cated about sex­ual vi­o­lence.

She added that Nt­siki speak­ing out is sup­posed to en­cour­age more women to speak out and re­port sex­ual abuse re­gard­less of how long it may have been since it hap­pened.

Ac­cord­ing to law ex­perts, Nt­siki can still press charges against Brickz de­spite the fact that she would only be seek­ing jus­tice years af­ter the in­ci­dent.

BRICKZ'S BE­HAV­IOUR PUTS HIM IN THE SPOT­LIGHT

In July, Brickz was found guilty for rap­ing his un­der­age niece in 2013 at his home in Ruim­sig, west of Joburg.

This was af­ter a lengthy court case that took four years to con­clude.

Among other grue­some things, the mag­is­trate told the court that the doc­tor’s re­port had in­di­cated the vic­tim had a sex­u­ally trans­mit­ted in­fec­tion (STI) and her hy­men, a part of her pri­vate part, was dis­turbed.

The mag­is­trate said the re­port stated that the vic­tim had been sex­u­ally as­saulted.

As if this was not enough, Brickz's wife Nqo­bile re­vealed that Brickz was di­ag­nosed and treated for the STI, gon­or­rhoea, dur­ing the same pe­riod and he was tak­ing med­i­ca­tion for the in­fec­tion.

MANY QUES­TIONED THE TIM­ING OF HER REV­E­LA­TION

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