Kwaito star Brickz back in court, accused of raping a minor.

By Drum Digital
11 November 2013

Now rumours are doing the rounds that Brickz allegedly threatened to kill the 16-year-old girl if she told anyone about the rape and that is why she took so long to report the matter.

Brickz’ lawyer, Isaac Mokgobi, has confirmed that his client is charged with one count of rape and he’ll be bringing a formal bail application at his second appearance. DRUM journalist Ntombizodwa Makhoba chat to Brickz.

It's been more than two hours since we’ve been waiting patiently at the visitor’s area of the prison for his name to be called.

The grim-looking waiting area is open plan and accommodates about twenty people. It has a tuck shop which is doing a brisk trade selling goodies to the visitors to give to their loved ones behind bars.

Finally a prison warder arrives and starts calling out the names of prisoners from a long list. The visitors move forward to the meeting area when they hear the name of the prisoner they’ve come to visit.

WE’RE at Krugersdorp prison in the West Rand to meet with kwaito star Sipho Charles “Brickz” Ndlovu (31) who has been behind bars in the holding cells for over a week. The father-of-two has been accused of raping a 16-year-old girl in March but the case was only opened recently due to alleged intimidation of the victim, and the case of rape was opened at the Honeydew Police Station in western Johannesburg on the 17th of October.

Brickz’ lawyer, Isaac Mokgobi, confirmed to DRUM his client is charged with one count of rape and he’ll be bringing a formal bail application at his second appearance.

The Soweto-born Brickz was in tears during his first court appearance, but from behind the thick, smudged window in the visitors’ room, today he seems relaxed and upbeat. He’s dressed in a white hoodie and he has 13 thirteen visitors waiting to see him. We’re the first in line but we agree to be quick so his friends and family also have a chance to chat with him.

He greets us with a warm smile. “I’m happy to see you guys it means a lot to me,” he begins. “I’m at peace in here and I’m happy that I’m with amagenge asekasi (guys from my hood) and they’re looking after me. I’m confident my bail application will be a success.”

And then our time is up and we have to allow others to meet with him.

When we visit Brickz’s home where he was born and raised in Zola, Soweto, a young woman opens the door. “There is no elder at home at the moment but I can take you to our aunt who lives in the next street,” say the young woman who declines to be named.

When we arrive at her aunt’s house she meets us at the gate and introduces herself as Nothembela. “As Ndlovu’s family we’re still shocked to this day,” she says. “Today I was hoping to go visit him but unfortunately I couldn’t go because I woke not feeling well. Indaba ka Brickz ayisiphethanga kahle lapha ekhaya (The whole Brickz rape saga doesn’t sit well with us as a family).”

We speak to his younger brother Lwethu Ndlovu (25) who’s also shocked about the rape accusations. “Unfortunately I have no choice but to be strong for my brother,” he says. “When our parents passed away years ago he raised me. But I know that the truth will come out.”

ACCORDING to a Sunday newspaper Brickz’s 16-year-old rape accuser was a regular visitor to the kwaito star’s home in Ruimsig, west of Joburg. She’d received consent from her sickly father to spend time at his house. Apparently the minor was staying with her grandmother after her mother passed away three years ago and Brickz and his wife Nqobile asked her father for permission to place her at a better school.

Apparently it was Brickz’s wife, Nqobile Ndlovu, who reported the matter to the police.

Nqobile and the alleged rape victim have since moved out of the house.

The National Prosecution Authority (NPA) says rape is a very serious offence, that falls under Schedule 6, hence they will be opposing bail. 

Why do young women delay laying rape charges against someone in the public eye?

According to Janine Shamos, spokesperson for the South African Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG), young women who date sugar daddies or celebrities believe sex is the same thing as love and they are prepared to do anything to achieve the status of going out with such a person. “Unfortunately when things don’t go their own way, or when that person doesn’t fulfil their expectations, they feel guilty for what they’ve done and then cry rape,” says Janine, who has dealt with raping victims for many years.

Another reason teenagers keep quiet after they’ve been raped is they feel ashamed or embarrassed because of the stigma attached to it.

What you should do if you’re raped:

  • When it happens speak to someone you trust like a parent or guardian
  • Take pictures of yourself if you have bruises as evidence.
  • Don’t have a bath before you’ve been examined.
  • Report the matter to the nearest police station.

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