Maskandi man ‘impersonator’ in court again

2012-06-18 11:31

Just three months ago, he identified himself as Sibusiso John Gcabashe when he took the witness stand at the Nquthu Magistrate’s Court.

Now the man accused of impersonating dead maskandi artist Khulekani “Mgqumeni” Khumalo doesn’t want to be called anything but Mgqumeni.

He also wants DNA tests to be conducted to prove his identity.

Sibusiso John Dlamini Gcabashe (29) faces charges of fraud and perjury. Gcabashe appeared for the first time at the Vryheid Regional Court this morning.

His appearance at the regional court follows numerous appearances before the Nquthu Magistrates Court since his arrest in February.

These court appearances have turned into a social event for Mgqumeni supporters who flock to them to see for themselves whether Gcabashe is an imposter or the real thing.

Magistrate Sfiso Madida postponed the case until early next month.

Prosecutor Dibi Symington told the court that she and Gcabashe’s lawyer agreed to the postponement so that the charge sheet could be finalised.

Even with the case moved to the Vryheid Regional Court, spectators did not shy away.

While the Nquthu court had resolved to allow only the family to view the court proceedings, the Vryheid Regional court chose to operate on a first come, first served basis.

Those who could not get in ended up standing on benches, while others shoved their way to the nearest window in attempts to at least catch a glimpse of Gcabashe.

Inside however, Madida showed no sympathy when Gcabashe requested to address the court saying that he was being “abused” by tokoloshes.

To this Madida responded “tell your tale to your lawyer”.

Gcabashe added that he still played his guitar in jail.

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