Rap­per un­fazed by mur­der charge

Femi­cide ac­cused Pitch Black Afro in high spir­its

Sowetan - - News - By Karabo Led­waba

Rap­per Thu­lani Ng­cobo, bet­ter known as Pitch Black Afro, pic­tured, was yes­ter­day charged with pre­med­i­tated mur­der and de­feat­ing the ends of jus­tice.

Ng­cobo ap­peared at the Jo­han­nes­burg mag­is­trate’s court on a charge of killing his wife, 41-year-old Cather­ine (Tr­isha) Modis­ane, at a bed-and-break­fast out­let in Yeoville on New Year’s Eve.

The mat­ter, which was set down for early morn­ing yes­ter­day, was moved to 2pm as a re­sult of new de­vel­op­ments.

It was even­tu­ally post­poned to Tues­day for Ng­cobo’s de­tails to be ver­i­fied and to al­low him to ap­ply for le­gal aid.

Ng­cobo was in high spir­its, giv­ing a salute and a “yebo” when he en­tered the court­room. The hip hop star was dressed in a long-sleeved green shirt.

The rap­per gave his man­ager Bheki Mlambo a let­ter that he said was for the most im­por­tant woman in his life.

It is not clear if the let­ter will be read at his wife’s fu­neral to­day.

“Keep it safe for me Bheki. I beg you,” said Ng­cobo.

A vis­i­bly shaken child­hood friend was around to give sup­port to Ng­cobo in the ab­sence of the rap­per’s fam­ily.

The friend, who did not want to be iden­ti­fied, said he knew the cou­ple from when they were teenagers.

The friend said: “Thu­lani has a short tem­per but we al­ways knew that Tr­isha could calm him down.”

He said he last saw the cou­ple two weeks be­fore the killing of Modis­ane, ex­plain­ing that they were in a jolly mood. “They were happy and they were fine.” How­ever, he said the cou­ple fought a lot but did that in their pri­vate space.

Ac­cord­ing to a re­li­able source, Ng­cobo phoned the po­lice after his wife had died and pre­lim­i­nary in­ves­ti­ga­tions found that she had died of nat­u­ral causes and an in­quest docket was opened.

How­ever, the pathol­o­gist lead­ing the case later found that she had died from un­nat­u­ral causes and a mur­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion was sub­se­quently opened.

The rap­per be­came a house­hold name from 2004 with a break­through de­but via the al­bum Styling Gel.

The strength of his sharp and witty rhyme was from the streets of Soweto where he grew up.

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