Kwaito star Sipho Charles Ndlovu, better known as “Brickz”, has been denied bail pending sentencing in the Roodepoort Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday.
In July, Brickz was found guilty of raping a 16-year-old girl at his home in November 2013.
His R50 000 bail was revoked after the conviction. Magistrate John Baloyi said it was not in the interests of justice to release Ndlovu on bail, pending his sentence.
“The presumptions of innocence no longer applies, he has already been convicted. Rape is a big concern in the country. I am not convinced that the accused [Ndlovu’ would attend his sentencing,” Baloyi told the court.
Dressed in a black blazer, white shirt and black tie, Ndlovu appeared happy and was smiling ahead of court proceedings on Tuesday morning.
Some family members and friends whistled as he made his way to the dock.
Prosecutor Pratisha Salie said that, on the date of Ndlovu’s conviction, his previous lawyer had also asked the court that he be released before his sentencing.
“If the defence is unhappy about this court’s decision, then it should be heard in the High Court,” Salie said.