Pitch Black Afro Now A Free Man After Killing Fiancée
Thulani Ngcobo, widely recognized as Pitch Black Afro, was freed after serving time for culpable homicide. The artist, who was sentenced to 10 years in prison in 2020 for the tragic death of his fiancée Catherine Modisane, has now been released.
Pitch Black Afro’s Release Date
The recent report by The Citizen on August 23rd confirmed that Pitch Black Afro, famous for his hit “Ntofontofo,” was set free on August 18th.
“The department can confirm that [he] was released as his sentence expired on 18 August 2023. He benefited from the special remission of sentence,” revealed Singabakho Nxumalo, Department of Correctional Services spokesperson.
Nxumalo emphasized that the rapper benefited from a special sentence remission due to his term’s expiration. There are no post-release conditions to adhere to.
The Guilty Verdict and Sentence
In June 2020, acting Judge J Du Plessis handed down a 10-year prison sentence to Pitch Black Afro, stipulating that he would serve an effective five years. This calculation took into account the time he had already spent in custody, awaiting trial for the unfortunate incident.
Initially charged with murder, the charges against the artist were later amended to culpable homicide in the Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg.
The Tragic Incident
The incident in question led to the death of Catherine Modisane due to blunt-force trauma to the head. Her lifeless body was discovered on December 31, 2018, at a bed and breakfast establishment in Johannesburg.
During the delivery of the verdict, Judge Du Plessis remarked that while the artist had expressed apologies to the family, he exhibited a lack of remorse for his negligence, even though the court acknowledged that the death wasn’t intentional.
“Although he apologized to the family, he still denies that he knows what happened on the day. It didn’t assist the accused to speak for himself because I still don’t see remorse on his side. It doesn’t help him,” the judge remarked.
Furthermore, Du Plessis noted that Pitch Black Afro had financially contributed to the funeral arrangements of his deceased partner and maintained a positive relationship with her family.
While the artist is now a free man, the case and its tragic consequences remain a sombre chapter in South African legal history.
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