More jail time for Brickz

2013-11-15 18:05

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Kwaito star Brickz will spend another weekend in jail.

This after the Roodepoort Magistrates’ Court postponed his bail application to Monday to give the state prosecutor, Willem le Roux, additional time to provide grounds to oppose bail.

Brickz was arrested about four weeks ago for allegedly raping a 17-year-old at his Ruimsig house on March 26 this year. He had already spent about 15 days in police custody.

Brickz’s lawyer, Isaac Mokgopi, asked Magistrate Piet Kotze to grant him bail, arguing that the musician would lose his job if he was kept in custody until the trial date.

Mokgopi also said investigating officer Joel Ngobeni had testified that Brickz 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.

He said Brickz would not evade trial or interfere with investigations or state witnesses as he was a well-known musician.

Mokgopi was at pains to explain that it would not be in the interest of justice to keep detaining Brickz because he did not rape the alleged victim.

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

Mokgopi also said that the state did not have evidence to prove the alleged offence other than the version presented by the victim

“It is my submission that the applicant be released on bail, your worship,” he said.

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

He also said that Brickz told the court that he was not married to Nqobile, thus proving that he had no emotional attachment to anyone in the country.

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

Le Roux said South Africans were very sensitive about rape and that if released on bail, they would kill him because they are now taking the law into their own hands.

He said Brickz would abscond from trial because a warrant of arrest was 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.

He also said that Brickz was dishonest as he misled the court into believing that he had paid an admission of guilt fine for possession of drugs whereas he was tried and found guilty.

But Kotze interrupted him, citing limited time to hear his argument and postponed the case to Monday.

Brickz’s fans dropped their chins in distress as the kwaito star made his way to the holding cells.

His uncle, who refused to be named, quickly walked out of the court room, shaking his head.

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