‘Lazarus’ fans grow impatient with postponements

2012-04-13 10:47

Fans of KwaZulu-Natal’s “resurrected” maskandi artist are becoming increasingly irritated with the repeated postponements in the court case.

Sibusiso John Dlamini Gcabashe (29), who is accused of fraud and perjury, has to spend another three weeks in custody before a trial date can be set.

He was arrested on February 5 after claiming to be the deceased folklore muso Khulekani “Mgqumeni” Khumalo.

Filling in for Sam Mpungose who is on leave, state prosecutor Aysha Kikia today applied for a postponement in order to obtain statements from Mgqumeni’s two wives and his two brothers.

The investigating officer told the magistrate, Mphumeleli Nkosi, that he could not get the statements from the two brothers since they were in Gauteng. However, he said the brother have since returned to Nquthu.

Nkosi granted the postponement but warned that it would be the last.

“The investigating officer needs to speed up the investigation and have the witness statements finalised as soon as possible. We have to remember that the accused is still in custody.

His fate must be decided as soon as possible.”

Since his first appearance in the Nquthu Magistrates Court on February 7, the matter has attracted a large number of spectators.

Khanyisile Jiyane is among those growing impatient with the repeated postponements.

She spends R20 on transport from Vryheid for each appearance.

Jiyane, who describes herself as Mgqumeni’s biggest fan, says she keep on returning for court appearances since she wants to know the final verdict.

“I want to know what will happen. I ask myself what was he [Gcabashe] thinking?”

Her sister, Thembisile Mthethwa, says she has all of Mqumeni’s CDs. “I’m a proud follower of all folklore music. But have been a proud follower of Mgqumeni’s since 2006. I loved his music because his songs always had a message,” said Mthethwa.

Gcabashe was declared fit to stand trial following a psychological evaluation at the Fort Napier Hospital.

He was denied bail last month.

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