Brickz: I've lost R3m

2013-11-17 14:01

The rape charge against kwaito star Brickz has cost him more than R3 million in income, his laywer has told City Press.

Brickz – real name Sipho Charles Ndlovu – is spending his third weekend behind bars after being charged with the rape of a 17-year-old girl.

His lawyer, Isaac Mokgopi, says Ndlovu has lost out on a number of corporate gigs since his arrest. He said Brickz lost more than R2.5 million after corporate gigs were canned and more than R500 000 after shows he’d been booked for by the department of education and Nando’s were cancelled.

Ndlovu will be back in court tomorrow after his bail application was postponed on Friday by the Roodepoort Magistrates’ court to give prosecutor Willem le Roux more time to provide grounds for opposing bail.

On Friday Mokgopi asked Magistrate Piet Kotze to grant his client bail, arguing the musician would lose his job if he was kept in custody until trial.

Mokgopi also said investigating officer Joel Ngobeni had testified that Ndlovu would not be a flight risk if he surrendered his passport and was also ordered to report to any police station at any date preferred by the state.

The lawyer insisted Ndlovu would neither evade trial nor interfere with investigators or state witnesses.

Mokgopi told the court that detaining Brickz was not in the interest of justice.

“Though the alleged rape incident occurred in March, it was only reported in October and that leaves much to be desired.”

But prosecutor Le Roux said there was no point in releasing Ndlovu on bail because he was self-employed and did not indicate that he was supporting the two children he had fathered.

He also said Ndlovu had told the court he was not married to the woman described as his wife, Nqobile, thus showing he had no emotional attachment to anyone in the country.

“So what stops him from skipping the country and going to sing his music in another country?” he asked.

The prosecutor also warned that South Africans were very sensitive about rape and suggested that if Ndlovu were released, he may be killed because people were now taking the law into their own hands. He suggested Ndlovu would abscond – and cited the warrant of arrest issued against him when he missed his trial date at the Randburg Magistrates’ Court, where he was to appear for possession of cocaine in 2007.

Some of Ndlovu’s fans who were in court on Friday dropped their heads in distress as the kwaito star descended to the holding cells.

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