Famous south Africa rapper Okmalumkoolkat who has been out of the country for the past one month is reported to have returned home after facing jail term abroad.
The 32-year-old local rapper was sentenced to six months in jail in Australia after he was found guilty of sexually assaulting a woman on 15 January, following his performance at the 2016 MONA FOMA cultural festival on the Australian island of Tasmania.
Okmalumkoolkat was said to have entered the room of the woman through an external sliding door, which was left open. She awoke to find him in her bed, kissing her neck and rubbing his hands over her private parts.
Stamp Communications, PR representatives for the rapper, has confirmed that he is back in the country after serving a one-month sentence in Tasmania.
Upon his return, the rapper whose real name is Simiso Zwane released a statement in which he spoke out for the first time about his ordeal and apologised to his fans. He promised to “explain the events as they happened from my perspective.”
Zwane’s statement reads:
I am writing this letter to my fans as Simiso Zwane, not as Okmalumkoolkat. I say this because it was Simiso Zwane who was out there in that Tasmanian prison.
Now I know there has been speculation and misconception about my case. I was charged with assault with intent of indecency and assault with intent. I fully understand the magnitude of this issue. I have had time by myself to reflect on things most important to me and I am working through everything. I have served my time in jail in another continent and have endured hardships of the sentence that was handed to me. I would like to move on with my life.
I am sincerely sorry to everybody that has been affected by this. I pleaded guilty for a number of reasons, one of which was that I was in a foreign country and was advised by my legal aid to do so. I hope the public and my fans will accept that I will one day, in my own way, explain the events as they happened from my perspective.
This hasn’t just affected Okmalumkoolkat, but it has affected Simiso Zwane, my whole family, my friends and my team who have realised the fact that I am also human. I would like to thank everybody that stood by me and who has been really supportive. I sincerely appreciate that.
Lastly, I would like to ask the media and all those who have opinions on this issue to respect my privacy and the privacy of my family and friends. I ask everybody to understand that I need time to process, heal and move on with my life and career in the best possible way.
We welcome him back and wish him a quick recovery.