Bail delayed for mental report

2012-03-07 00:00

TENSIONS among family members of Khulekani “Mgqumeni” Khumalo will be addressed today, at a meeting called by the local traditional authority.

The tensions have resulted over a difference in opinion over whether Sibusiso Gcabashe, charged with perjury and impersonating the award-winning singer, is indeed Mgqumeni.

While family on his mother’s side, the Mselekus, believe that Gcabashe is not their dead son, the Khumalos believe he is.

The bail hearing at Nquthu magistrate’s court for Gcabashe was delayed yesterday as the psychological reports on his mental state were not ready.

Gcabashe was sent to Fort Napier Hospital in Pietermaritzburg last month to be observed by two doctors.

Gcabashe appeared in a packed court as the family and wives of the late musician and fans gathered to observe the proceedings. Gcabashe appeared to be in good health and entered the accused dock with confidence.

State prosecutor Sam Mpongose told the court that they had agreed with the defence attorney Senzo Mhlongo that the bail hearing would be heard next week.

“The accused was sent to Fort Napier Hospital. We are now waiting for two doctor’s reports. They will be presented next week and then we will be in a position to start the bail hearing.”

Mhlongo echoed what the state said and confirmed that they will be applying for bail next week.

Magistrate Mphumeleli Nkosi remanded Gcabashe in custody until March 14.

Mgqumeni was a well known Maskandi artist who died in Johannesburg in 2009 after an illness.

Both families have been called to the traditional authority to meet for the first time following the appearance of Gcabashe posing as Mgqumeni.

The meeting is seen as a way that the traditional authority could try and prevent faction fights between the communities and families.

Khumalo’s family live at Esigqumeni while the grave of the artist is at Mpofana in the homestead of his mother’s family, the Mselekus.

“Ibamba bukhosi (regent) uNdunankulu Clement Ngcobo called both families to meet,” said Sakhiseni Mseleku.

Dalincebo Khumalo also showed The Witness a letter asking them to be at a meeting today. He said they will be attending.

Khumalo said they are not happy that the meeting is to be held at the tribal authority near the Mselekus’ home, but they will attend with a police guard.

“They should have called us to a central area where all of us will feel free.”

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