For a rape case surrounding a high profile person, the case against Sipho Ndlovu, the South African rapper otherwise known as Brickz, was pretty shocking.
In 2013, Brickz made the news after being arrested on accusations that he had raped a 17 year old girl. But that wasn’t what had made the case sensational; it was the fact that Brickz had raped his own distant cousin and infected her with an STD, even though he knew his cousin was a virgin and terrified, and that the person who had turned him in to the police was his own wife.
Ndlovu had coerced his victim and had forceful intercourse with her, then forced her to have a bath, convincing her that would get rid of the semen and prevent her from getting pregnant, then threatened her with death if she told anyone.
His victim believed him because he had a history as one of the ‘miscreants’ of South Africa’s Kwaito scene, boasting about taking drugs and engaging in violence in his life and music, and he had the police arrests and prosecutions to back up these claims.
His niece grew suicidal, damaged from the trauma of the acts that had been perpetrated against her.
Ndlovu’s wife however did something we rarely ever see from African women, when Ndlovu’s cousin confided in her, she listened, believed her and took matters directly to the police.
She stood beside the victim and ensured that Ndlovu was prosecuted to the full extent of the law. But she wasn’t entirely altruistic in her decision and rightfully so. As part of court proceedings, Nqobile Ndlovu, Brickz’s wife, revealed to the court that she had agreed to threesomes arranged by Ndlovu, once in which she was asked to participate and ones in which she simply observed.
She also allowed the singer have sexual intercourse with her friends and allowed him entertain sexual partners outside her marriage, all for the express purpose maintaining the illusion of control over Ndlovu’s sexual desires and the people he got to exercise those powers with.
So when Ndlovu raped his cousin, he rubbished all the sacrifices she had made to sate his sexual desire and betrayed the trust she thought she had built with him, proving yet again, that nothing, not even a perpetual hall pass can prevent a man who is inclined to rape to avoid it.
If anything, by taking away the taboo from all of his vices, only fuelled his entitlement and made him believe he could simply ‘take’ sex when he wanted it.
Ndlovu (Brickz) was sentenced to 15 years in prison for his actions, five years above the minimum sentence for rape, thankfully ending what has been a traumatic four years for his niece.