Gcabashe’s ex says he shunned her and child

2013-10-10 00:00

THE alleged ex-girlfriend of Sibusiso “Lazarus” John Gcabashe was in tears yesterday as she described how the man she had fallen in love with had shunned her and her child.

The softly spoken 22-year-old mother of a four-year-old boy told the court when she met the Maskandi singer impersonator, it was love at first sight.

But yesterday it was a different story as she cried on the stand, avoiding his gaze, and saying she was afraid to testify against him. The court had to break so she could regain her composure.

The woman cannot be named to protect the identity of her sister, whom Gcabashe allegedly raped. She said Gcabashe had impregnated her and is the father of her son. The woman said she had met Gcabashe after he arrived at her grandmother’s house with a story that he had been hijacked.

“The following day, he came to my home where he also told me the same story. He told me that he was in love with me and I was also in love with him. He went back to my grandmother’s house and came back later that day. We spent the night together at my home,” said the woman.

She said Gcabashe introduced himself as Sphamandla Dlamini at the time. She was shocked to learn from the newspapers three years later that he was Gcabashe, who was allegedly impersonating the late Maskandi artist Kwakhe Khulekani Khumalo, also known as “Mgqumeni”.

She corroborated the evidence of her mother and her sister that Gcabashe arrived in the area in 2009 and left with police. Two years later, he came back to thank them for their humanity.

The woman said she used to phone Gcabashe from time to time to tell him about their child. She said Gcabashe had not shown any excitement about the child. She said even when he arrived in Ixopo in November 2011, he did not express happiness to see his son, although he picked him up.

Advocate John Botha said that his client, Gcabashe, will tell the court that he doesn’t know the woman.

However, the woman insisted she knew Gcabashe. She told the court that she would never be mistaken in describing her ex-boyfriend and the father of her son.

She said the clothing he was wearing on the last day he was at Ixopo was the same clothing he wore when photographed by the media. She said the last day he was in Ixopo, he disappeared with her younger sister wearing a floral sweater, a Soviet hat, a pair of jeans and string on his hand.

When Gcabashe first claimed to be Mgqumeni, people who had known the Maskandi star said that Mgqumeni had never had a gold tooth, as Gcabashe had.

Yesterday there was a gap in Gcabashe’s mouth where the gold tooth had been.

The trial resumes on November 25.

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