Well-known hip hop artist ‘Pitch Black Afro’ has been arrested in connection with the death of his wife.
The rapper whose real name is Thulani Ngcobo became a household name in the early 2000’s after becoming known for performing hit songs such as ‘izandla phezulu’ in an afro wig. In recent years he had disappeared from the limelight.
The rapper’s wife, 41-year-old Catherine Modisane, died on December 31, 2018.
According to a reliable source, Ngcobo phoned the police after his wife died in a Bed and Breakfast in Yeoville, Johannesburg and preliminary investigations found that she had died of natural causes and an inquest docket was opened.
However the pathologist leading the case later found that she had died from unnatural causes and a murder investigation was subsequently opened.
“There was an inquest opened but we changed that to murder. The suspect is being detained at Yeoville Police Station and will be appearing at the Hillbrow Magistrate’s court tomorrow,” Colonel Lungelo Dlamini confirmed on Wednesday.
Pitch Black Afro has been charged with premeditated murder and defeating the ends of justice at the Hillbrow Magistrate Court.
The case has been postponed until January 15. The Sowetan has reported that Ngcobo needs to attempt to get legal aid as he can’t afford a lawyer.
According to the publication, the rapper appeared to be in a good mood at his court appearance. He handed his manager Bheki Mlambo a letter, telling him to “keep it safe for her”. The contents are, at this point, unknown.
This brings to an end speculation surrounding whether or not it was indeed the rapper who had been arrested for the murder of his wife. Some media reports had named the rapper, while others waited for his first court appearance.
The Citizen reported earlier on Thursday that a man rumoured to be the rapper would appear at the Hillbrow Magistrate Court on Thursday.