Drama unfolded at Midrand police station on Thursday night when media personality Bujy Bikwa refused to share a police holding cell with male detainees after his arrest for assaulting hip-hop muso Boity Thulo.
Bikwa was denied bail when he appeared in the Midrand magistrate’s court on Friday and was sent to Joburg Prison.
The former Metro FM presenter was nabbed for allegedly assaulting Thulo with a glass in the face at the Mall of Africa in Midrand on Monday.
Thulo, who sustained several lacerations to her face, was rushed to a nearby hospital and is now recuperating at her Midstream home in Midrand.
A police officer, who did not want to be named because he is not allowed to speak to the media, said Bikwa, upon realizing he would spend the night with other male detainees, refused to go to the holding cells, saying he was uncomfortable.
“Because they could not let him share a holding cell with female detainees, they allocated him a single cell, where he spent the night alone before appearing in court on Friday,” said the officer.
National Prosecuting Authority South Gauteng spokesperson Phindi Mjonondwane confirmed that Bikwa had appeared in court but was denied bail because the state wanted to verify his address.
“He will appear again for a bail application on Wednesday, October 6,” she said. Gauteng police spokesperson Mavela Masondo said they were not aware of Bikwa’s demands for a single cell.
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