Man accused of severely beating local singer remanded in custody

2019-02-13 06:01
Bonginkosi Mike Nkosi appeared briefly in the Pietermaritzburg district court yesterday for allegedly assaulting Londiwe Ngcamu. Bail is being opposed for now.PHOTO: supplied

Bonginkosi Mike Nkosi appeared briefly in the Pietermaritzburg district court yesterday for allegedly assaulting Londiwe Ngcamu. Bail is being opposed for now.PHOTO: supplied

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THE man who is alleged to have severely beaten up his actress and singer girlfriend has been remanded in custody until next week.

Bonginkosi Mike Nkosi (30) appeared briefly in the Pietermaritzburg District Court last Thursday charged for assaulting Londiwe Ngcamu (30), a mother of two.

It is alleged in the charge sheet that he kicked, pushed and punched her. He also threatened to stab her with a knife. In addition, he bashed her head on a steel gate. This all allegedly happened on Saturday night in Sobantu.

Nkosi, clad in a green T-shirt, looked straight at the magistrate when he stood in the dock. The medium built man appeared to be calm and subdued.

State prosecutor Mseni Sishi told acting magistrate Eric Zaca that at this stage the state is opposed to him being released on bail. He said police needed to establish if Ngcamu will be safe if he were to be released since they both live in the same area.

Nkosi, who is being represented by a legal aid attorney, offered the court an alternative address if granted bail.

Sishi said this address needs to be verified.

“The complainant is still in hospital as she was severely assaulted by the accused. He allegedly threatened to kill her. He had armed himself with a weapon, a chopper.”

Sishi said at some point, she managed to take the chopper away from him. Zaca adjourned the case to next week.

Prior to the incident, Ngcamu was playing the lead role in The 7 Days of War musical that was being performed at the Winston Churchill Theatre from Friday to Sunday night.

The Witness reported earlier this week that Ngcamu and some friends were socialising at a club house in So­bantu when she received a call from home that her baby was restless.

Nkosi allegedly called and offered to walk her home. When they met on the road, the couple began to argue and he allegedly dragged her to his home where he beat her up.

Ngcamu sustained serious injuries. Her face was swollen and her eyes were sealed shut. Her head was also injured. Doctors feared her kidneys might fail.

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