Mthokozisi Ndaba, the Idols runner-up, is a relieved man – for now – after the Hillbrow Magistrates’ Court on Monday refused to put him on trial for allegedly assaulting a 21-year-old woman identified as Neo Tsele, citing the lack of evidence.
The 24-year-old Mthokozisi, who needed counselling to deal with losing the Idols competition to Paxton Fielies from Cape Town, was nabbed by police on Thursday on suspicion of assaulting the woman in a flat in Braamfontein on Friday.
However, the provisional withdrawal of the charges may result in Mthokozisi’s prosecution if sufficient evidence comes to light.
The Idols season 13 runner-up was represented by lawyer James Ndebele, who said the senior prosecutor decided to provisionally withdraw the charges against Ndaba because they “do not have sufficient evidence at their disposal to proceed”.
Ndebele said he had given the state homework to do, and they should investigate those aspects and make a final decision.
“With my 15 years’ experience, it is highly unlikely that they will come back and prosecute. We are confident that if the state had prospects of proceeding, they would have done so today,” Ndebele said.