Sipho ‘Brickz’ Ndlovu denied bail

Last month, Ndlovu was found guilty of raping a 16-year-old child at his Ruimsig home.

Kwaito star Sipho Ndlovu, also known as 'Brickz', in the Roodepoort Magistrates Court.  Picture: Kgomosto Modise/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The Roodepoort Magistrates Court has denied bail for convicted rapist Sipho 'Brickz' Ndlovu.

Ndlovu has appeared in court for sentencing proceedings.

Last month, he was found guilty of raping a 16-year-old child at his Ruimsig home.

Defence lawyer for Ndlovu, Piet Du Plessis, has submitted to the court that there is no legitimate reason to keep him behind bars as he understands the seriousness of his conviction and will not abscond.

Furthermore, he says Ndlovu's passport expired in 2014 preventing him from leaving the country.

However, Magistrate John Baloyi has stated that granting bail makes very little sense as the trial is ending.

He has also agreed with the prosecution that it is not in the interests of justice to grant bail as rape in South Africa is a serious matter

Sentencing will resume in the middle of next month.

NO REASON TO GRANT BAIL

The defence in the rape case against Ndlovu has assured the court that the entire sentencing process will be over in six weeks

Before his application for bail pending sentencing, Du Plessis assured the court that no more of its time would be wasted.

He also did not rule out the prospect of appealing the conviction against Ndlovu.

However, Magistrate Baloyi said if the sentencing would be complete in just over a month, there was no reason to grant bail to Ndlovu.

He also showed his irritation with the defence, saying the sentencing would have been completed immediately after the verdict was delivered if the defence had not been changed.

Also in his ruling, Baloyi made it clear that an appeal on the conviction would not be entertained.