Cici cracks on the stand

Kwaito king’s ex says he did not as­sault her

Sunday World - - Sunday Report - By Ng­wako Malatji ng­wakom@sun­day­world.co.za

Award-win­ning R&B singer Cici shocked ev­ery­oneat theMidrand Mag­is­trate’s Court when she tes­ti­fied that her then boyfriend, kwaito king Arthur Mafokate, did not as­sault her.

The sul­try song­bird said this when she­was cross-ex­am­inedby Mafokate’s le­gal rep­re­sen­ta­tive ad­vo­cate Leana Fick on Friday.

Cici, real name Bu­sisiwe Th­wala, was on the wit­ness stand dur­ing Mafokate’s as­sault trial.

“I did not say Mr Mafokate as­saulted me,” she said when Fick put it to her that the kwaito veteran would deny that he as­saulted her.

Al­though Cici con­ceded that Mafokate didn’t as­sault her, she in­sisted that he dragged her with his VW minibus on a gravel road which led to her break­ing her pelvic bone.

Her tes­ti­mony came af­ter Fick sub­mit­ted to her that Mafokate didn’t know who had as­saulted her and that he didn’t know what had caused her in­juries. “Then how did I end with a bro­ken pelvic bone? It doesn’t make sense,” said Cici.

Fick also rub­bished her widely pub­li­cised claims that she had bro­ken her pelvic bone and said she in­stead had bro­ken her il­iac crest.

“The med­i­cal re­port said you broke your il­iac crest, not a pelvic bone. You chased af­ter the car and you might have hit the gate when you were hold­ing onto the door han­dle of the mov­ing car,” said Fick.

Cici’s state­ment may dent the case of as­sault with in­tent to do griev­ous bod­ily harm she opened against Mafokate af­tera do­mes­tic squab­ble that sent her to hos­pi­tal on June 1 last year.

The cross-ex­am­i­na­tion hap­pened a few min­utes af­ter a car demon­stra­tion out­side the court room to try to re­con­struct what hap­pened on the day. Cici main­tained that Mafokate had seen her as she was hold­ing the han­dle of the driver’s door. Mafokate has put up a de­fence that he did not see her amid all the com­mo­tion.

Fick dis­puted her ver­sion of events and said she was prob­a­bly hold­ing the han­dle of the pas­sen­ger door or of the slid­ing door of the right hand side of the ve­hi­cle thus Mafokate didn’t see her.

Pros­e­cu­tor Mashudu Mut­shaeni wanted Cici to ex­plain how Mafokate sex­u­ally, fi­nan­cially and phys­i­cally abused her­dur­ing their re­la­tion­ship as she had claimed on Thurs­day, but Fick and mag­is­trate Vin­odha Mood­ley said the tes­ti­mony would not be rel­e­vant and op­posed it.

Mood­ley postponed the case to Oc­to­ber 11 and 12.

Bu­sisiwe Cici Th­wala

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