An­ces­tors help Brickz with heal­ing

Sunday World - - News - MOSA MOKHEMA

KWAITO artist Brickz, who has a rape case dan­gling over his head, be­lieves his luck is chang­ing for the bet­ter.

Brickz (real name Sipho Ndlovu) at­tributes this to meet­ing the fam­ily of his late fa­ther for the first time in his life.

He says that af­ter grow­ing up with­out know­ing his dad, he was pleas­antly sur­prised two weeks ago when his dad’s kin came look­ing for him.

Al­though my fa­ther has died, I’m tak­ing the fact that my fa­ther’s fam­ily came to find me at this most un­sta­ble time in my life as some sort of mes­sage from God and my an­ces­tors. This has given me faith that this, too, shall pass.

Af­ter grow­ing up with­out know­ing my fa­ther, his fam­ily came to find me and have made an ef­fort to take me through all our an­ces­tral rit­u­als to wel­come me into their fam­ily.

I can say that I fi­nally feel like a com­plete per­son, a per­son who knows where they be­long.”

De­spite the tu­mul­tuous court case over the past five months, Brickz (32) sees the fam­ily re­union as the big­gest bless­ing” of his life. He was ar­rested in Novem­ber last year for al­legedly rap­ing a 16-year-old rel­a­tive last March.

Af­ter spend­ing a month be­hind bars, he was re­leased on R5 000 bail af­ter tak­ing his ap­pli­ca­tion to the Jo­han­nes­burg High Court.

But Brickz main­tains his in­no­cence and says the trial is not what is eat­ing away at his soul”.

I have not been able to see my lit­tle daugh­ter since Novem­ber last year when I was ar­rested.

This is not how I pic­tured my life. I grew up with­out a fa­ther, so I’ve al­ways made it my duty to be present for my kids and look af­ter them. I want to see them grow.

I’ll only be al­lowed to see her once the court case is over,” he says.

The singer says he re­mains strong and will not let the le­gal dark cloud ar­rest his ca­reer.

While he still reg­u­larly per­forms at clubs and con­certs, he is back in the stu­dio with big names such as Uhuru, Heavy K and Mandla Spikiri, who will be pro­duc­ing his fourth al­bum, to be re­leased later this year.

My sched­ule is busy. I’m al­ready get­ting book­ings for De­cem­ber.

My record com­pany has not given up on me be­cause they are still al­low­ing me to do what I was born to do and I’m grate­ful.

No­body has ever called me a rapist when they meet me, people are still re­ceiv­ing me with love and re­spect, my fans con­tinue to show their sup­port,” says Brickz.

He will ap­pear at the Rood­e­poort Mag­is­trate s Court again next month.

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