Hip-hop artist Pitch Black Afro, real name Thulani Ngcobo, has been found guilty of culpable homicide in his late wife’s murder trial.
In his judgement at the high court in Johannesburg on Thursday afternoon, Judge Du Plessis changed the murder charge to culpable homicide, IOL reports.
This is after the rapper’s wife of 23 years, Catherine Modisane, was found dead at a B&B in Yeoville, Johannesburg, in December 2018.
The judge said that Ngcobo was a poor witness and couldn’t be believed.
“His denial that he assaulted the deceased in any way is so improbable he cannot be believed,” Du Plessis said, referring to the postmortem examination which indicated that Modisane’s head injury could have been from a violent impact.
Ngcobo was found not guilty of premeditated murder. "I cannot find beyond reasonable doubt that the accused intended to kill the deceased. They were both inebriated, he reacted with overly drastic violence,” the judge said.
According to Sowetan Live , Ngcobo did not take the verdict well, claiming the police had forced him to confess to the crime. "I won't take this lying down. Bayang'sukela (They’re lying about me). They've wasted one-and-a-half years of my life," he said.
In an interview with DRUM three weeks after his arrest last year, the rapper told DRUM he was innocent and that he would prove it. “I’m not a perfect man, but how can I kill my own wife of so many years?” he said before claiming he had been framed for his wife’s murder.
“The bloody towels the police say they found at the B&B were planted,” he said at the time. “The guesthouse only gave us two towels for the night.”