Brickz ‘ rape ’ vic­tim was HIS rel­a­tive

'Dramatic twist to kwaito star's rape case'

Sunday World - - Front Page - SIXOLISIWE NDAWO

IN a shock rev­e­la­tion made in court on Fri­day, it emerged that the teenager al­legedly raped by kwaito star Sipho “Brickz” Ndlovu might be his blood rel­a­tive.

When Ndlovu was ar­rested three weeks ago, af­ter his wife, Nqo­bile, ap­par­ently helped the girl to lay a charge of rape against him, it was as­sumed that the girl was from Nqo­bile’s side of the fam­ily.

But Con­sta­ble Lin­dok­wake Hlong­wane tes­ti­fied dur­ing Ndlovu’s bail hear­ing at the Rood­e­poort Mag­is­trate ’ s Court that he had re­sponded to a com­plaint at the star’s North­wold home in Oc­to­ber. This was soon af­ter the rape charge had been laid. Ndlovu, Nqo­bile, the girl and a friend were al­legedly dis­cussing the mat­ter.

In his tes­ti­mony, Hlong­wane said he found the Ndlovus in­side and a young girl be­ing com­forted by a friend.

“I asked who had called the po­lice and they [Ndlovu and Nqo­bile] said they didn’t know.

“I asked what was go­ing on with the girl, and his wife said the girl had opened a rape case against her hus­band at the Honey­dew po­lice sta­tion.

“I asked about the re­la­tion­ship be­tween them and the girl. He [Ndlovu] said the girl cry­ing was his [rel­a­tive].

“I asked why she was cry­ing, was she as­saulted? He said no,” Hlong­wane said.

Sun­day World is not out­lin­ing the ex­act re­la­tion­ship be­tween Ndlovu and his accuser so as not to re­veal her iden­tity.

He added that the girl wouldn’t say why she was cry­ing when he went out­side to speak to her.

“I asked to as­sist her and she said she wanted to go to Soweto to her fa­ther. ”

Hlong­wane said no ar­rests were made dur­ing the in­ci­dent.

When asked by Ndlovu’s lawyer, Isaac Mok­gobi, what the at­mos­phere in the house was like, Hlong­wane re­sponded: “It was good. They kept hold­ing each other in my pres­ence.”

It also emerged in court that the dis­tress call was made from Soweto.

Ad­dress­ing mag­is­trate Tiep Kotze, state pros­e­cu­tor Wil­liam le Roux said Ndlovu should re­main in cus­tody be­cause he had a his­tory of not ap­pear­ing in court and did not have a sta­ble job.

But Mok­gobi ar­gued that his client would lose all in­come and his dig­nity if bail was de­nied.

The Sweety My Baby hit­maker, who looked worn out, re­mained in cus­tody over the week­end. His bail hear­ing re­sumes to­mor­row.

At his court ap­pear­ance on Fri­day, there were no fam­ily mem­bers to speak of. How­ever, So You Think You Can Dance judge Themba No­fomele was there.

“He’s my friend and I will come ev­ery day to sup­port him,” he said.

When Sun­day World vis­ited Ndlovu ’ s grand­mother’s house in Zola, Soweto, she only said: “I have noth­ing to say about this.”

A woman, who re­fused to iden­tify her­self, sit­ting in the liv­ing room of the four-roomed house, said: “This is a fam­ily mat­ter that has hap­pened to both the chil­dren here at home.”

When prompted about Brickz’s par­ents, his niece Dolly said: “Brickz doesn’t have a mother.”

She shrugged her shoul­ders when asked about his fa­ther and walked away.

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