Kwaito star Sipho Ndlovu, popularly known as Brickz/ Mabrigado, has been sentenced to 15 years in jail after being found guilty of raping his 16-year-old niece at his Ruimsig home in 2013.
In his ruling Magistrate Baloyi detailed testimony from the victim that she was bleeding after the incident as her hymen was broken, as she was a virgin at the time, and was in severe pain. Baloyi said the victim had been told by Brickz to take a bath after the rape and had threatened to kill her if she told anyone. He also said the victim was unaware that she had been infected with a sexually transmitted disease.
The victim said she wanted to end her life as a result of the trauma and became fearful of the musician.
Sipho Ndlovu’s defence team argued for a lenient sentence, but Baloyi said Brickz has not shown remorse for his crime and the court has a duty to protect the freedom of women.
Wearing grey pants, a white shirt and a blue jersey, Brickz was all smiles as he walked into court to hear his fate.
His R50 000 bail was revoked after the conviction.
Previously, in mitigation of sentencing, defence lawyer Piet du Plessis called his witness, a correctional services social worker, Annette Vergeer, to the dock.
Vergeer said Ndlovu was using every opportunity to stay positive in prison and write music.
According to his brother, Ndlovu had been supporting his family financially.
“He is an honest and humble person and was always the one to protect the vulnerable,” the brother said.
Ndlovu earned R50 000 a month prior to his arrest.
In aggravation of sentencing, State Prosecutor Pratisha Salie said the victim was unable to testify due to the publicity the case had gained. Instead, Salie read out her statement in court.
“I never felt the same again, I felt so down. You may be going to jail, but you broke me. I never lived a teenage life,” the statement read.
She said Ndlovu took away her happiness and broke her trust, adding that she regarded him as a father but he raped her.
Salie said the victim was not coping after the rape.
Du Plessis said his client was a first-time offender and asked for a minimum sentence of 10 years.
To read the victim’s letter to Brickz, click on this link: