Brickz on the rockz

2014-07-13 15:00

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Kwaito star and rape accused Brickz has been left high and dry by his lawyer after failing to pay nearly R100?000 in legal bills.

It has been a terrible week for the singer, whose real name is Sipho Ndlovu. Drum magazine recently published an article saying he is living with his parents in Zola, Soweto, sleeping in a cold room lit only by a single candle.

When Brickz appeared in the dock at the Roodepoort Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday, his lawyer, Isaac Mokgobi, said he was ditching the Sweety My Baby hit maker because his legal fees have not been paid.

Mokgobi refused to comment when City Press contacted him. However, a source close to the singer said Brickz, who is accused of raping a 16-year-old girl at the home he shared with his wife in Honeydew, owed Mokgobi about R93?000.

The source said Ndlovu had promised to settle his debt once he was released on bail.

But even after Ndlovu secured bail of R50?000 in December, he did not pay his lawyer.

Two sources told City Press that the singer’s friends had been trying to raise money to help him settle his debt, but had failed.

It is unclear how they were planning to raise the money.

A source close to the musician said the rape complaint, which was laid last March, was just the latest in a string of problems for Ndlovu.

“We all know that life has not been good for Brickz for months.

“He was struggling to make ends meet and the rape case made things worse. Right now, he is down and out, living in Zola with nobody booking him [for gigs],” said the source.

The singer did not respond to several attempts to reach him, ignoring text and voice messages.

Drum reported last week that the singer was living in an outside room at his parents’ home.

The weekly magazine quoted Ndlovu’s uncle as saying that his nephew was broke and his ex-girlfriend, Lindi Nkosi, with whom he has a seven-year-old son, saying that the little boy was struggling.

Nkosi was quoted as saying: “He’s having a hard time at school and is not coping at all.

“Last month, his school called us in and the teachers complained that he is beating other children, especially girls,” she said.

Ndlovu is due back in court again on August 1.

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