Brickz rape case: State calls for minimum 10 years behind bars

The State in the rape case against kwaito star Sipho Ndlovu has appealed to the court to make his sentence a starting point in how to deal with rape in the country.

Sipho 'Brickz' Ndlovu looking down as he appears in the Roodepoort Magistrates Court for pre-sentencing arguments on 28 September 2017. Picture: Kgomotso Modise/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The State in the rape case against kwaito star Sipho Ndlovu, commonly known as Brickz, has appealed to the court to make his sentence a starting point in how to deal with rape in the country.

Ndlovu appeared in the Rooderport Magistrates Court on Thursday for sentencing proceedings.

In July, he was found guilty of raping his 16-year-old niece at his Ruimsig home in 2013.

Defence attorney Piet du Plessis has urged the court to consider Ndlovu’s status and influence on younger males when passing a sentence.

He says through charity work and further rehabilitation it is clear that Ndlovu is not a threat to society and can continue being a role model.

However, State prosecutor Pratitia Sallie says it is because of his status and fame that he should be given the minimum sentence of 10 years behind bars.

She has also argued that there is no substantial or compelling circumstance to consider a lighter sentence as Ndlovu’s children are being taken care of by his ex-wife.

The matter has been postponed to 17 October, when sentence will be passed.

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)