'Brickz is innocent'
The Kwaito star's family believe he has been wrongfully accused of rape.
JOHANNESBURG - A number of relatives and fans of award-winning kwaito star Brickz believes he is innocent and should be granted bail.
Brickz, whose real name is Sipho Ndlovu, is accused of raping a 16-year-old in March, but the rape was only reported last month, after which he was arrested and charged.
He was denied bail in the Roodepoort Magistrates Court yesterday.
During the two-week bail hearing, the court heard that Ndlovu was a violent person and that he had threatened to kill the complainant if she reported the rape.
But a friend who attended yesterday's proceedings says the artist has two small children and isn't capable of violence.
His friend says he believes there is more to the story than what is being told.
Magistrate Piet Kotze dismissed Ndlovu's bail application on the basis of evidence that the musician could interfere with and threaten state witnesses if released.
As the application was dismissed the musician showed very little emotion, but the verdict drew gasps from the packed court gallery.
Kotze said the musician lied about having a criminal record after it emerged that Ndlovu was arrested for possession of narcotics in 2007.
The case has been postponed until next month for further investigation.
Meanwhile, Ndlovu's attorney Isaac Mokgobi said he plans to appeal the court's decision.
Mokgobi maintains his client is innocent.
He said they'll now approach the high court because there were discrepancies in the way the state handled the bail application.
Ndlovu is believed to have lost an estimated R3 million in income since being arrested.