Masondo blames wife

Getrude Makhafola

Getrude Makhafola

Soul Brothers lead singer David Masondo told the Protea magistrate's court yesterday that his wife got him arrested because he discovered that she was having an affair.

The popular mbaqanga singer pleaded not guilty to the charges against him.

Masondo is facing two counts of intimidation, one of pointing a firearm at his wife Nomsa, another of pointing an object that looked like a firearm, and two of failing to lock away his firearms.

He told the court that Nomsa's friend had told him that his wife was involved with a young man she met in Kwazulu-Natal.

Wearing a cream suit yesterday, Masondo said that every time he was away from home, his children would call him saying that Nomsa had left them alone and slept out.

"The children would complain that she was always away and that her boyfriends would come to pick her up at our home.

"She uses my cars with her boyfriends," said Masondo.

Masondo said he always locked away his licensed firearms in a safe at home.

He said he went to the Jabulani police station and had an agreement drawn up prohibiting Nomsa from continuing with her affairs. The document also prevented Nomsa from using his cars with her boyfriends.

He said the couple even signed the agreement at the police station.

Masondo was accompanied to court by his four children and a girlfriend with whom he has a child. Nomsa was in the company of her friends.

Masondo's lawyer, Joel Mashele, had asked the court to throw the case out of court because there was not sufficient evidence against him.

His daughter, Amanda, will appear in court as a defence witness.

She will testify when the case resumes in July.