Brickz sen­tenc­ing is de­layed again

New lawyer wants time to study court tran­scripts

Sowetan - - News - By Tankiso Makhetha

Charles Sipho Ndlovu‚ pop­u­larly known as Brickz, will wait an­other two weeks for sen­tenc­ing pro­ceed­ings.

The Sweety My Baby hit maker changed his le­gal rep­re­sen­ta­tive af­ter he was found guilty of rap­ing a 16-year-old girl at his Ruim­sig home in 2013.

His lawyer‚ Ad­vo­cate Piet du Plessis, told the Rood­e­poort Mag­is­trate’s Court that he needed to go through the court tran­scripts af­ter re­ceiv­ing them to­day.

Ndlovu’s pre­vi­ous lawyer with­drew from the case af­ter the con­victed kwaito star was found guilty.

Ndlovu ex­plained that the post­pone­ment was for the com­ple­tion of sen­tence pro­ce­dure‚ for an ap­pli­ca­tion for leave to ap­peal the con­vic­tion‚ and an ap­pli­ca­tion for bail pend­ing the ap­peal.

Mag­is­trate John Baloyi post­poned the mat­ter to Septem­ber 28.

Ndlovu spent a month in jail be­fore be­ing re­leased on R50 000 bail.

His bail was re­voked in Au­gust as the court be­lieved it would not be in the in­ter­est of jus­tice to re­lease him on bail‚ pend­ing his sen­tenc­ing.

Ear­lier on Thurs­day, Ndlovu’s wife said she was emo­tion­ally distressed.

Nqo­bile Ndlovu said the en­tire sit­u­a­tion “weighed her down”.

“Brickz is my hus­band‚ we have been to­gether for a long time and he is the fa­ther of my kids‚” she said.

Nqo­bile said she felt torn and stuck in the mid­dle of ev­ery­thing.

“I’m caught up in the mid­dle. I’m a daugh­ter in law in the fam­ily and on the other hand I have to sup­port the vic­tim who is also a rel­a­tive‚” she added. – Ad­di­tional re­port­ing by Karishma Thakurdin and Nonhlanhla Msibi.

/VELI NHLAPO

Rape con­vict Sipho ‘Brickz’ Ndlovu will wait two more weeks for his sen­tenc­ing.

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