Local rapper Thulani Ngcobo, popularly known as Pitch Black Afro, will have to spend several more days in custody before he can apply for bail.
He will remain in custody as the State concludes its verification of the address at which he would reside, should he be granted bail.
Ngcobo has been charged with premeditated murder and defeating the ends of justice after his wife, Catherine Modusane, died at a Johannesburg bed and breakfast establishment on December 31. She had sustained injuries to her upper body.
On Tuesday, the State told magistrate Carlo Labuschagne in the Johannesburg Magistrate’s Court that it would have to interview the residents at the address where Ngcobo would stay, should his bail application be approved.
The case had previously been postponed to January 15, to allow for his address to be verified.
However, it emerged on Tuesday that Ngcobo’s aunt lived at the verified address. Her name was not provided in court.
Prosecutor Mzamo Mate said while it had been confirmed that Ngcobo had lived at the address at some point, he had not lived there since 2010.
The case was postponed to January 18, so that Ngcobo’s aunt could obtain an affidavit confirming that he would stay at the premises under her supervision.
Ngcobo’s mother and aunt were in the packed courtroom on Tuesday, along with members of social justice group Vuka Mzansi Movement.