Brickz wants R2 000 bail

2013-11-12 17:16

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Award-winning kwaito star Brickz will spend another night in jail.

This after the Roodepoort Magistrates’ Court postponed his bail application hearing to tomorrow because of insufficient time to hear it.

The musician has already spent 12 days in the Roodepoort police station’s holding cells after he was arrested for allegedly raping a minor in Ruimsig, north of Joburg, on March 26 this year.

In a written affidavit read out by his lawyer Isaac Mokgopi, the musician asked the court to release him on R2 000 bail. He volunteered to surrender his passport.

He also said that he had two children he is supporting with a monthly salary of R15 000 he earns from his company, Mabrigado Production.

He also denied raping the teenager and said he will plead “not guilty” to the charge.

Opposing bail, the investigating officer, Joel Ngobeni, said that Brickz will interfere with police investigations and intimidate state witnesses as he had already done so.

He said that Brickz visited the complainant – formerly a regular visitor to Brickz’s home – and his wife Nqobile in their new home and threatened to kill them if they did not drop the charges against him.

Nqobile vacated the house she had shared with Brickz after blowing the whistle on the alleged rape.

Ngobeni also said that Brickz was a flight risk and would skip the country if the court grants him bail.

When Magistrate Piet Kotze, who is presiding over the case, asked why the complainant opened a case of rape against the Brickz seven months after the incident, Ngobeni said the singer had threatened to kill her if she spoke out about her ordeal.

He said the complainant believed that Brickz would carry out his threats as he would beat up his wife in her presence when they quarrelled.

“The complainant was so scared of him that she would sometimes hide herself inside the wardrobe when the accused was at home,” he said.

State prosecutor Willem le Roux asked that the case be postponed to tomorrow when Mokgopi started to fry Ngobeni with questions, citing limited time allocated to the hearing.

When Kotze postponed the case, the musician – dressed in a black suit, sky-blue shirt and blue shoes – shook hands with his fans and artists who had converged in the gallery to drum up support for him before walking back to the holding cells.

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