Sipho 'Brickz' Ndlovu. FILE PHOTO: ANA

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Kwaito star Brickz’s sentencing postponed

JOHANNESBURG, September 14 – Kwaito star Sipho “Brickz” Ndlovu will have to wait another week to know his sentence for raping a 16-year-old relative.
On Thursday, the Roodeport Magistrate’s Court postponed Ndlovu’s sentencing to September 28 after defence attorney Piet Du Plessis told Magistrate John Baloyi that he had only received the remainder of the court transcript on the day.
The “Sweetie my baby” hitmaker was found guilty of raping his then 16-year-old relative at his home in Ruimsig in 2013.
Du Plessis told the court that as much as he had all the relevant documents from the social worker, he had still been awaiting the last few parts of the transcript, as well as the judgement of the trial.
“We are ready with our pre-sentencing report,” Du Plessis said.

“I request a short adjournment for a week or so.”
State prosecutor Pratisha Salie said they were ready and understood that the defence had done everything they could to receive the transcript.
The matter postponed to September 28 for pre-sentencing proceedings.

The pre-sentencing proceedings of convicted rapist and Kwaito star Sipho ‘Brickz’ Ndlovu are set to begin at the Roodeport Magistrate’s Court.

The ‘Sweety my baby’ hit maker was found guilty of raping a 16-year-old girl in 2013 at his home in Ruimsig.

On August 1, Ndlovu was denied bail pending his sentence. At the time, Magistrate John Baloyi said he was certain that the appeal against his conviction would fail and that Ndlovu would be tempted to abscond.

Baloyi said the question was whether Ndlovu should be granted bail when the court had been ready to hand down sentence before he changed legal representatives at such a late stage of the trial.

Earlier, Ndlovu said in an affidavit read out by defence advocate Piet du Plessis that he was arrested in November 2013 and had been out on R50,000 bail throughout the trial. Ndlovu said the charge he was convicted of was a schedule five offence and he was therefore eligible for bail pending sentence provided he give evidence.

He said he was able to maintain a salary of around R40,000 – R50,000 per month and had been forced to sell most of his assets to pay for legal fees for the trial.

At the time, Ndlovu said that he was willing to serve his sentence and said that the truth would “come out”.

“I have realised through this fake accusation, the truth will come out due to the fact that the victim is my family member,” Ndlovu said at the time.

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