Brickz begs for bail

The Star Early Edition - - NEWS - NOKUTHULA ZWANE

KWAITO star and con­victed rapist Sipho “Brickz” Ndlovu yes­ter­day begged the Rood­e­poort Mag­is­trate’s Court for bail while he awaits sen­tenc­ing.

Ndlovu’s pro­ceed­ings were post­poned for an­other month fol­low­ing the de­nial of his bail ap­pli­ca­tion at the court.

On July 7, the su­per­star was found guilty of rap­ing his 16-year-old rel­a­tive in 2013.

Mag­is­trate John Baloyi, the pre­sid­ing of­fi­cer, post­poned the mat­ter to Sep­tem­ber 14 after the ac­cused’s de­fence re­quested time to pre­pare for the sen­tenc­ing pro­ceed­ings.

The 36-year-old mu­si­cian’s lawyer, Piet du Plessis, told the court that he was not ready for the sen­tenc­ing phase and re­quired six weeks to pre­pare.

The post­pone­ment comes after Ndlovu made a for­mal bail ap­pli­ca­tion pend­ing his sen­tence.

Ndlovu took to the stand to give ev­i­dence that he should be granted bail.

“With all due re­spect to this court, I am will­ing to serve my sen­tence and I’ve gone as far as find­ing out ways in which I can bet­ter my life in prison.”

The Sweetie My Baby hit­maker has been in cus­tody for more than three weeks and thus felt it fit­ting to ap­ply for a bail ap­pli­ca­tion at an amount deemed ap­pro­pri­ate by the court.

How­ever, Baloyi told the court that this mat­ter de­pends on whether the in­ter­est of jus­tice can meet the re­lease of the ap­pli­cant, Ndlovu.

Baloyi said the ap­pli­ca­tion came after Ndlovu had re­leased his for­mer lawyer, Du­misani Mabunda, and ap­pointed Du Plessis.

Baloyi said: “The ac­cused has been con­victed of rape… A ques­tion re­mains if it would be in the in­ter­est of jus­tice at this very late stage?

“Fur­ther­more, the is­sues of rape in this coun­try are a mat­ter of con­cern and it is for this rea­son our courts are now im­pos­ing ro­bust sen­tences for such of­fences,” said Baloyi.

Ac­cord­ing to the pre­sid­ing of­fi­cer, the ac­cused was fac­ing a heavy sen­tence and said that there would be a pos­si­bil­ity that he would be a flight risk.

Ndlovu said in his af­fi­davit that he was a su­per­star who could be eas­ily recog­nised and had no in­ten­tion to flee or ab­scond sen­tenc­ing pro­ceed­ings.

Ndlovu faces a min­i­mum sen­tence of 10 years im­pris­on­ment un­less the court finds rea­sons to give him a lesser sen­tence.

State pros­e­cu­tor Salie Pratisha asked the mu­si­cian if he was in good health and if he had ever been as­saulted while in prison. Ndlovu said: “No”. In ar­gu­ing rea­sons to deny bail, Pratisha told the court that the ac­cused had no med­i­cal con­di­tion or ex­pe­ri­enced as­sault while in cus­tody.

“The ac­cused made ref­er­ence that he was will­ing to serve his sen­tence. The word ‘will­ing’ your wor­ship is up­set­ting and there is no choice in serv­ing a sen­tence,” said Pratisha.

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DES­PER­ATE: Sipho ‘Brickz’ Ndlovu in the Rood­e­poort Mag­is­trate’s Court yes­ter­day.

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