Kwaito star to know his fate soon

The New Age (Western Cape) - - News - NONDUMISO ZWANE

BY MONTH end, kwaito star Sipho “Brickz” Ndlovu will know how many years he will spend in jail.

A pre-sen­tenc­ing trial was meant to have started yes­ter­day in the Rood­e­poort Mag­is­trate’s Court but Ndlovu’s le­gal rep­re­sen­ta­tive Piet du Plessis asked for a post­pone­ment to Septem­ber 28 to pre­pare heads of ar­gu­ment as they were miss­ing a few parts of the tran­script from the judg­ment.

Du Plessis said he needed a week or two to an­a­lyse the records, in­clud­ing the doc­tors re­ports and put short heads of ar­gu­ment to­gether.

His lawyer also said they would ap­peal the ver­dict. Ndlovu was found guilty of rap­ing a 16-year-old girl at his Ruim­sig home in 2013.

He had been out on R50 000 bail dur­ing the trial but was re­ar­rested and on Au­gust 1 mMag­is­trate John Baloyi de­nied bail pend­ing his sen­tence.

At the time, Baloyi said giv­ing Ndlovu bail at this stage of the trial would not serve the in­ter­est of jus­tice. Pros­e­cu­tor Salie Pratisha had ear­lier ar­gued against Ndlovu’s bail be­ing ex­tended.

“He is well known, he has money and can in­vade trial more eas­ily than an or­di­nary cit­i­zen. The vic­tim says Ndlovu is a vi­o­lent per­son and fears for her life when he comes out.

“It is also not in the in­ter­est of jus­tice for a con­victed rapist to come back to the com­mu­nity and if he is re­leased it will cause a de­lay in the sen­tenc­ing pro­ced­ings,” Pratisha said.

Mean­while, speak­ing on Tshisa Live, Brickz’s wife Nqo­bile Ndlovu yes­ter­day said she was stressed be­cause the mu­si­cian was her hus­band and fa­ther of her kids. “The sit­u­a­tion is weigh­ing me down. Brickz is my hus­band, we have been to­gether for a long time and he is the fa­ther of my kids. I am over­whelmed by the whole sit­u­a­tion and I can­not think straight.”

Dur­ing the last court hear­ing Ndlovu had told the court that he was will­ing to serve his sen­tence.

“I can­not change any­thing this court has de­cided. I’ve come to re­alise that this fake ac­cu­sa­tion is se­ri­ous and the vic­tim. The wit­nesses are my rel­a­tives and the truth will come out even­tu­ally,” Ndlovu said.

He said he was in­no­cent and his con-

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DE­LAYED: Kwaito mu­si­cian Sipho ‘Brickz’ Ndlovu’s sen­tenc­ing has been post­poned to Septem­ber 28.

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