The case against Brickz
Kwaito star allegedly threatened to kill his 16-year-old accuser if she spoke out
Kwaito star Brickz allegedly threatened to kill his 16-year-old rape accuser if she told anyone about her ordeal.
City Press can reveal that Brickz’s wife, Nqobile Ndlovu, was the one who reported him to the police. She has since moved out of the house.
A source close to the investigation said the teenager was a regular visitor to Brickz’s home in the up-market western Joburg suburb of Ruimsig. She had received permission from her sickly father to spend time there.
“The complainant was living with her grandmother after her mother died in 2010,” said the official, adding that Brickz and his wife approached her father for permission to move her to a “better school in the surburbs”.
City Press has learnt that police and prosecutors will oppose bail for Brickz on Tuesday on the grounds that he may intimidate witnesses.
Prosecutors will tell the court that on the day of the rape in March, Brickz allegedly asked the teenager to prepare lunch for his daughter. After she did so, she went to sit in a bedroom “and started eating corn flakes”, the official said.
The state’s case includes the allegation that Brickz then entered the room and demanded to know what she was doing, and yelled at her for “eating well”.
He then allegedly pushed her on to the bed and raped her. After that, he allegedly threatened to kill her if she told anyone about what he did.
The official said Nqobile suspected something was amiss when the girl’s behaviour suddenly changed.
“When this girl who used to pass her exams with flying colours failed in June this year, she interrogated her,” she said. “But the girl refused to tell Nqobile anything because she was scared that she would be killed.”
The state alleges that the victim phoned one of Brickz’s relatives to say she was scared of him and the relative called Nqobile to ask her why.
When Nqobile arrived home, she found the teenager crying while drawing a picture depicting a “girl whose hands were tied with rope, her legs wide open and a man on top of her”.
Nqobile begged her to tell her what had happened, but she again refused, saying she feared for her life.
The woman then gave her a pen and paper, and asked her to write down what had happened, which she did without revealing her alleged rapist’s name.
The official said Nqobile then wrote down the names of possible perpetrators with Brickz’s name on top of the list and asked the girl to make a mark next to a name. “The girl ticked Brickz’s name,” said the official.
Nqobile then informed the girl’s father and they met at the Honeydew Police Station, where they opened a case of rape against the musician.
Nqobile moved out of the Ruimsig house with the girl and her own daughter, and into a rented apartment in Northwold.
“Brickz traced them and went there unannounced and caused a stir. Police were called, but did not find him as he had already left when they arrived,” said the official.
The girl’s father confirmed he and Nqobile took his daughter to the police station to report the case.
“Lo jakalas [that jackal] came here and said my daughter is possessed by the demons and that I must help her because she fabricated rape charges against him. I told him to go away,” he said.
The father, who cannot be named to protect his daughter’s identity, said he took her for a medical checkup. Brickz, who was arrested last week Friday, will reappear in the Roodepoort Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday for his bail application.
Nqobile did not respond to phone calls and SMSes.
The National Prosecuting Authority’s South Gauteng spokesperson, Phindi Louw, declined to comment.