Kwaito star Sipho Brickz Ndlovu appearing at the Roodeport Magistrate's Court on Thursday. Picture: Lindi Masinga/ANA

Johannesburg - "Malume you really hurt me," said the family member of Kwaito star Sipho Brickz Ndlovu, who has been convicted of raping her.

The remarks were part of the raped suvivor's impact report read during pre-sentencing proceedings at the Roodepoort Magistrate's Court on Thursday.

Brickz, whose bail was revoked when he was found guilty of raping his then 16-year-old niece at his home in Ruimsig in 2013, appeared in a dark suit. The  "Sweetie My Baby" hitmaker was found guilty of raping the daughter of his late sister on 7 July 2017.

The rape survivor, who can not be named, did not attend the hearing owing to the publicity the trial was generating. 

Her impact report, as read by the state prosecutor, Pratisha Salie, said: "Malume [uncle] you have really hurt me. I ask myself what I did for you to rape me. I wanted you to treat me like your daughter but you didn't.

"I will never be able to be proud of myself and I can't trust anyone. I will have flash backs for the rest of my life."

Earlier correctional services social worker Annette Vergeer, who complied a pre-sentencing report to assist the court with granting an adequate sentence, told the court that Brickz had a normal upbringing despite his father rejecting him. The popular musician's father only tried to mend their relationship before he passed away.

"He was raised by his grandmother and mother but they passed away within six months of each other in 2003," revealed Vergeer. "He was forced to grow up quickly ...  be the man of the house and raise his younger brother."

Vergeer said the accused told her that he had worked hard to build his name and "did not become 'Brickz' over night". She told the court that Brickz was in good health, but had often "taken the easy way out" of dealing with his fast paced life by smoking cocaine and dagga.

He, however, did not show any remorse as he maintained his innocence. His continued incarceration had affected him, Vergeer said.

She said Brickz claimed he was in an open relationship and had his wife's permission to be with other adult partners.

Vergeer said a "suitable sentence had to be in the interest of society and aimed at deterring others from making the same mistake". She said a fine was not a suitable sentence and suggested the accused could be released on parole after serving his sentence. 

Defense attorney Piet Du Plessis for Brickz told the court not to hand down a sentence merely to satisfy the outcry of society, which may not be rational.

The matter continues.
African News Agency