KWAITO artist Brickz’s performance at the Mzansi Kwaito and House Music Awards on Friday left many people angry.
The CEO of the music awards, known as the MKHMAs, was slammed for inviting a convicted rapist to perform during Women’s Month.
But the organisers said the reason Brickz performed was that he owed the MKHMAs a free performance, so they decided to use it for the nomination party that took place at the Soweto Theatre in Jabulani on Friday.
Brickz was released earlier this year on R80,000 bail after being sentenced to 15 years in prison following a conviction for raping a relative. He is in the process of appealing the sentence.
Thulani Malinga, an events co-ordinator at MKHMAs, said Brickz was paid to sing at the awards in 2016 but was arrested before he could perform.
“When he was released, we asked him if he could pay back the money he owed us. Brickz said he had no money, but he would perform for free.”
Brickz, whose real name is Sipho Ndlovu, apparently wanted to perform at the awards in November but the organisers felt it was too far away.
Malinga said he didn’t understand why the public only chose to complain after the performance.
“When he was released and performed at other events, nobody said anything.”
Javu Baloyi of the Commission for Gender Equality, said Brickz should not have been allowed to perform.
“He performed during Women’s Month and we need to ask ourselves if we are serious about fighting gender-based violence. This says to young women that they can report incidents but the perpetrators will still receive support.”
Despite several attempts to reach Bricks, he had not responded to Daily Sun’s calls at the time of going to print.