PEOPLE often find God when they are behind bars and it seems kwaito star Brickz, real name Sipho Ndlovu, is no different. Brickz was sentenced to 15 years in prison for raping his niece, but was released on bail earlier this year. Speaking to Move!, he says spending his time in jail was a blessing in disguise.
WHILE IN JAIL
Brickz appeared to be calm during his sentencing last year, which some people criticised. They said he showed no remorse for what he did.
He says he pleaded not guilty to the charges because he knew he did not rape his niece, but chose to accept what was going on at the time.
“God will sometimes put you in a situation so he can speak to you. People do not see it, but I am fighting a lie and witchcraft,” says the Sweety My Baby hitmaker.
He says he tapped into a spiritual realm while in jail and started thinking about his life in a way that he never did before.
“I know God will not forsake me. I am armed with God and the truth,” he says.
The Soweto-born star says his family has been torn apart by the rape case. however, he maintains that there are family members who have been supporting him.
During the trial, his wife told the media how conflicted she was as she was supporting the victim and her husband. Asked whether his wife is one of the people supporting him through this difficult time, he prefers not to talk about her, saying this is a sensitive matter as there are children involved.
“I have lost everything. The cars, house and money I used to have are all gone and I’ve made peace with it. I’m ready to move on with my life,” he says.
ANOTHER RAPE ACCUSATION
As if the rape conviction was not enough to destroy his reputation, controversial poet, Ntsiki Mazwai took to social media to share how, she too, was once raped by Brickz.
An agitated Brickz says he was shocked to hear all of this.
“How can you be so desperate for attention like this? I mean why did she only come out after I had been sent to prison? As an activist, why did she not open a case against me?” he asks.
At the height of his career, it was rumoured that Ntsiki and Brickz were in a relationship, but Brickz denies this. “I never dated that girl. She used to come to my house regularly, but we were never romantically involved.”
ANOTHER DAY IN COURT
Brickz will be back in court in a few months to appeal his sentencing, a day he is looking forward to.
“I can’t even say I’m sorry as I did not do it. All I wish for is for people who are behind this plot to apologise and take responsibility for the damage they have done,” he says.
Although there is uncertainty about his future, an optimistic Brickz wrote songs while he was in jail and can’t wait to get back into studio.