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Pitch Black Afro’s bail hearing postponed a third time

Pitch Black Afro’s case was initially postponed from 15 January to 7 February.

South African law

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Thulani Ngcobo – stage name Pitch Black Afro – briefly appeared in the Johannesburg Magistrates court on 15 January, but the case was postponed to allow for Ngcobo to file an affidavit.

He remained behind bars pending the bail application and appeared once again at the Johannesburg Magistrates Court on 7 February.

This time around, his lawyer Meshack Maluleke motioned for the case to be postponed. According to Maluleke, Ngcobo’s legal team has to secure the services of a pathologist.

As reported by Karabo Ledwabe from Sowetan Live, Magistrate Paul Du Plessis said he woud “subpoena the pathologist who examined the body of Trisha Modisane.”

What we know about Trisha Modisane’s death

Modisane died on New Year’s Eve; her body was found in a B&B in Yeoville the following morning. The couple had booked into a Bed and Breakfast after spending the night with friends in Bellavue but left after an argument.

Later that evening, Modisane ran back to their friends’ apartment, barefoot and “looking disturbed.” She spent the night with her friends and was escorted back to the Bed and Breakfast in the morning.

Ngcobo called his friends a few hours later and said Modisane had bruises all over her face and wasn’t breathing. He assumed she was sleeping. Ngcobo asked his friends to inform the authorities and call an ambulance.

Several injuries were noted in the report, which confirmed that Modisane died of blunt force trauma. However, Ngcobo’s legal team claims the deceased sustained the bruises days before her death.

A sanitary pad was found at the scene of the crime, and a pathologist needs to confirm if the blood on the sanitary item was Modisane’s menstrual blood or blood from her injuries.

The case will resume on 21 February.

Prison shows and concerts

It appears as though Ngcobo is having a ball of time behind bars. He recently said in a Drum interview that he wanted to arrange a concert for his fellow inmates.

He also talked about a show he wants to host while in prison. However, Correctional Services spokesperson Singabakho Nxumalo told TimesLIVE that Ngcobo is not getting special treatment:

“There is a very strict schedule that only allows for a one hour exercise or recreational time. He cannot throw a concert. He is given normal food. There is nothing special about what he is getting. Everyone is treated the same, whether you are a politician or a businessman or musician. There is no special treatment.”