Ngcobo appeared in an empty gallery in Johannesburg Magistrate’s Court yesterday without the wig that earned him his stage name
“It (is) too hard and sad to say to you R.I.P. (rest in peace) my darling. I will always, always, till time stands still, love you my beautiful Nubian queen. Tricia, my beautiful creature. You are my love, my all, my everything.”
These are the words award-winning hip hop artist Pitch Black Afro, real name Thulani Ngcobo, took from his hit song Never Let You Go and posted on Facebook two days ago, as he mourned the death of his wife, Catherine Tricia Modisane.
Gauteng provincial spokesperson, Colonel Lungelo Dlamini, said Modisane was found dead on December 31. She reportedly had an argument with Ngcobo the night before she died at a bed and breakfast in Bellevue, Joburg.
Ngcobo’s case for allegedly murdering his wife has been postponed to Tuesday for verification of address and profile.
Ngcobo appeared in an empty gallery in Johannesburg Magistrate’s Court yesterday without the wig that earned him his stage name.
Magistrate Lucas Van Der Schyff asked Ngcobo if he would be able to afford a self-appointed lawyer but Ngcobo said: “I don’t have money to appoint my personal lawyer so I would love to apply for a legal aid one.”
As Ngcobo was leaving the dock he called over his manager Bheki to collect a piece of paper from him and said: “Please keep it safe my brother.”
A childhood friend of Ngcobo and Modisane who refused to be named said he knew the couple since they were teenagers.
“From what I knew Modisane was so sweet and Thulani has a short temper but the couple was always happy and together at all times so I was shocked when I heard this news.”
He said he last saw the couple two weeks ago and they looked happy.
There was no one from the rapper’s family at court.
Ngcobo will remain in custody until his next appearance.