Cape Town musician accused of raping minor released on R1 000 bail

  • The musician was released on R1 000 bail in the Blue Downs Magistrate's Court on Monday.
  • The complainant alleged he had been sexually assaulted by the man since 2013, when he was 14 years old.
  • The married father of two, in an affidavit, said he intended to plead not guilty.

A Cape Town musician was released on R1 000 bail in the Blue Downs Magistrate's Court on Monday after spending the weekend behind bars following his arrest on rape and sexual assault charges.

The court ruled he may not be named or photographed until he has pleaded.

Wearing bedroom slippers and holding on to a purple blanket in the dock, the 48-year-old suspect listened intently as the State informed the court the complainant alleged he had been sexually assaulted by the man since 2013, when he was 14 years old.

The man claimed this continued until last year, when he was 19.

The accused, in an affidavit during his unopposed bail application, told the court he intended to plead not guilty to the charges.

He had earlier opposed an application made by the media to photograph him, with his attorney, Enver Titus, questioning whether this was to "humiliate" his client who had already been named in tabloid publications in contravention of the Criminal Procedure Act before he had appeared in court.

The suspect, who is a married father of two from Soneike in Kuils River, was arrested on Friday by detectives attached to the local Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Unit after the alleged victim laid a charge against him.

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The accused is a recording artist, producer, composer and director at a Cape Town music institute. He has performed alongside some of Cape Town's biggest names.

He was also until recently an interim official for the Trade Union for Musicians of South Africa (TUMSA).

In a statement on Monday, the union said he had resigned about a week ago citing "personal reasons and he absolutely would not disclose those to us at the time".

It had become aware of his arrest on "very serious charges" on Saturday, it added.

"[The] TUMSA is shocked and numbed by these allegations as they are well out of character for the man we have worked alongside since the founding days of this union to which he made a huge contribution."

It would assume an "innocent until proven guilty" position until the court made its ruling, the union said.

The accused was released on the condition he not contact the alleged victim or any of the State's witnesses.

He may also not enter the suburb of Soneike.

The accused provided an alternative address in Belhar, where he will stay with his in-laws for the duration of the court proceedings.

The case was postponed to 30 October.

National Prosecuting Authority spokesperson Eric Ntabazalila said more charges were likely to be added as the investigation continued.  

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