Brickz awaits his fate

The kwaito star is one of a galaxy of stars en­tan­gled in sex scan­dals

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KWAITO sen­sa­tion Sipho “Brickz” Ndlovu was ex­pected back in court to­day for sen­tenc­ing af­ter he was found guilty of rap­ing his wife’s niece.

The mu­si­cian was in July con­victed of rape af­ter a trial that lasted four years and it is now up to the Rood­e­poort Mag­is­trate’s Court to de­cide on an ap­pro­pri­ate sen­tence.

How­ever, Ndlovu is not the only star whose sex scan­dals have been laid bare to the na­tion.

Other stars had their fair share of me­dia at­ten­tion that re­volved around their “sex­ca­pades”:

JA­COB “BABY JAKE” MATLALA

The for­mer world box­ing cham­pion was one of South Africa’s great­est sports­men.

Be­fore he died from a lung prob­lem in 2014, he held four world ti­tles and two South African box­ing ti­tles.

But Matlala, who was af­fec­tion­ately known as the Lit­tle Big Man be­cause he was the short­est world cham­pion in his­tory, was no stranger to con­tro­versy.

In 1999, he was ac­cused of rap­ing a gospel singer af­ter tak­ing her to his town­house in Ridge­way.

His ac­cuser told the Jo­han­nes­burg Mag­is­trate’s Court dur­ing his case in 2000 that she had met Matlala a day be­fore the al­leged rape and had re­quested R200 for trans­port.

Matlala had al­legedly sug­gested they meet the fol­low­ing day so he could show her his empty town­house in Ridge­way, and raped her.

How­ever, Matlala said in court pa­pers the sex had been con­sen­sual and that he had agreed to pay the woman af­ter she threat­ened to lay a rape charge.

BENE­DICT VI­LAKAZI

The for­mer Or­lando Pi­rates and Bafana Bafana mid­fielder was ac­cused of rap­ing a 15-year-old girl in her par­ents’ bath­room in 2005.

She tes­ti­fied dur­ing the case in the Jo­han­nes­burg Mag­is­trate’s Court that af­ter rap­ing her, he had just walked out of the door.

Vi­lakazi ad­mit­ted he had sex with her but said it was con­sen­sual and that he had been led to be­lieve the girl was 17.

MAKHAYA NTINI

The South African crick­eter was ini­tially found guilty in 1999 of rap­ing a 22-yearold house­keeper at the Buf­falo Park cricket grounds in De­cem­ber 1998 and was sen­tenced to six years’ im­pris­on­ment.

How­ever, he later ap­pealed and the Gra­ham­stown High Court over­turned the rape con­vic­tion, leav­ing him free to con­tinue his na­tional and in­ter­na­tional cricket ca­reer.

The court said the State had failed to prove the rape be­yond rea­son­able doubt and that the com­plainant’s ev­i­dence about the al­leged rape had been “con­tra­dic­tory and in­con­sis­tent”, and was with­out cor­rob­o­ra­tion.

MBUSO MAN­DELA

For­mer Pres­i­dent Nel­son Man­dela’s grand­son was ac­cused of rap­ing a 15-year-old at Mamma’s She­been Res­tau­rant and Bar in Green­side in Au­gust 2015.

He said the sex be­tween them was con­sen­sual and that the al­leged vic­tim was not 15 but 16. At the time of the case, pros­e­cu­tor Na­dine Nel told the court that new in­for­ma­tion needed to be probed by in­ves­ti­ga­tors, and that the com­plainant needed time to con­sult a psy­chi­a­trist to en­sure she could han­dle the strain of a trau­matic rape trial. The rape charge against Mbuso was later pro­vi­sion­ally with­drawn.

SECHABA PALI

Gospel artist Sechaba Pali was found guilty of rap­ing a 15-year-old in 2012. In the teenager’s af­fi­davit that was read in court, she said that Pali – who was friends with her sis­ter – had ar­rived at her Welkom home and in­vited her to travel with him to Twee­fontein.

She said that she ar­rived there drunk af­ter he plied her with al­co­hol. She said she fell into a deep sleep, wak­ing up in the mid­dle of the night with the gospel star on top of her.

When she asked what he was do­ing, he told her not to worry and promised not to ejac­u­late inside her.

How­ever, Pali said the girl had told him that she was 17, and that they were ac­tu­ally in a con­sen­sual re­la­tion­ship. Pali was found guilty of statu­tory rape and given a five-year sus­pended sen­tence.

PIC­TURE: MATTHEWS BALOYI

GUILTY: Kwaito star Sipho ‘Brickz’ Ndlovu was con­victed in the Rood­e­poort Mag­is­trate’s Court last month of rap­ing a 16-year-old rel­a­tive in Novem­ber 2013.

Sechaba Pali

Makhaya Ntini

Baby Jake Matlala

Bene­dict Vi­lakazi

Mbuso Man­dela

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