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2013-11-16 09:29
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Brickz rape case postponed

2013-11-13 16:24

A bail application by Kwaito star Brickz was postponed by the Roodepoort Magistrate's Court on Wednesday. Watch.WATCH

Johannesburg - It is in the best interests of justice that rape accused kwaito star Brickz be granted bail, the Roodepoort Magistrate's Court heard on Friday.

Isaac Mokgopi, for the musician whose real name is Sipho Charles Ndlovu, said granting bail would not trivialise the crime.

He noted that Ndlovu had a stable family background, was not a flight risk, and was well known internationally.

Ndlovu would not interfere with witnesses or tamper with evidence, despite what the State said.

"There was an attempt made by the State to indicate that the accused would interfere with witnesses," he said in closing arguments at the musician's bail application.

"There is no factual basis that he will tamper with witnesses."

Mokgopi said Ndlovu was willing to hand in his passport and report to a police station.

Ndlovu has been in custody since 1 November after allegedly raping a 16-year-old girl in March.

In an affidavit submitted as part of his bail application, Ndlovu denied raping her and indicated he intended pleading not guilty.

In closing remarks, the State submitted that the victim had previously alleged he was a violent man who would beat his wife in front of her.

"He has no stable salary and makes money when he does a show... so he has no strong occupational ties. He doesn't have to report to work or report to anybody," said prosecutor Willem le Roux.

"He is free to do what he wants... he is internationally known. What is stopping the accused from leaving the country and going somewhere else?"

Le Roux said there had been confusing information in the statements given to the court and it was not clear whether Ndlovu was married or single.

"If he is single then he has no emotional ties here."

Le Roux was unable to complete closing arguments, and the matter was postponed to Monday.

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