Brickz pleads for freedom in bail application
Convicted Kwaito star, Brickz appeared Roodepoort Magistrates Court on Tuesday in a bid to secure bail and his freedom during the appeal of his conviction.
Brickz whose real name is Sipho Ndlovu was handed a 15-year prison sentence last year after being found guilty of raping a relative. He continues to maintain his innocence.
Reprieve came the way of the disgraced star in the past week when his leave to appeal the conviction was granted by the South Gauteng High Court and on Tuesday, his legal team brought a bail application pending the appeal.
Now, Brickz must convince the magistrate that he poses no flight risk if granted bail and had a lot to explain on Tuesday.
He informed the court that he understand the concerns he could abscond and become a fugitive in another country, but those were far from his plans.
“I have made an oath to myself that I will bring myself to this court to make sure that this matter comes to an end, so that it also brings me closure. I don’t see how it will be so easy for me to just decide to abscond when I’m getting much closer to the truth.”
Brickz said he was unable to function in another country as a fugitive especially because of his work as a recognisable performing artist and that he was willing to offer himself to make sure the case comes to an end.
“I do not plan to be a fugitive because I work as a performing artist. I don’t see myself living outside of South Africa and looking over my shoulder. I’m willing to give myself to this matter and make sure this matter comes to an end.”
Bricksz also shared how being behind bars has given him the time to reflect and how he is not afraid of going back to prison since he will only strive to work on himself and his craft.
“I’ve taken each and every course that has come way in prison in a mission to better myself.” I’ve given myself time to sit and think about this matter, being in prison is not a good thing. But if I have to go back to prison, I will give myself time, work on my craft, work on myself and make myself a better person.”
The bail decision will be heard on April 6.