Hlumelo Biko, the son of iconic struggle hero and Black Consciousness leader, Steve Biko, on Thursday, appeared in the Cape Town Magistrate’s Court for allegedly assaulting his wife Sandisiwe Biko.
Sandisiwe had dragged her husband to the court for assaulting her in Camps Bay. In her statement made at the police station, she accused Hlumelo of domestic violence.
During his brief court appearance this morning, Prosecutor F Naidoo read a charge of assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm into the record while Biko listened in the dock.
The case was, however, postponed to February 27, for further investigation while the accused was released on a warning to be in court by 08:30.
Speaking outside the court, Biko’s legal representative announced in a short statement that he intends to plead not guilty to the charge he’s facing.
“The allegations being made will only become known to us once we have a right of access to the police docket, which is at a later stage. At this point in time, we want to put it out there that he vehemently denies having committed any assault.
“The case is sub judice. We know that certain allegations have been made against him by his family. We will deal with those allegations when the appropriate time arrives,” said Barendse.
27-year-old Sandisiwe laid a domestic violence-related assault against Hlumelo on New Year’s Day at the Camps Bay police station, according to the Western Cape police spokesperson Captain FC van Wyk.
Biko was subsequently informed on Wednesday to appear in court the next day after an investigating office met with him and his lawyer. This was after he initially presented himself at the Camps Bay police station on Tuesday.
According to unverified sources, trouble began in Biko’s home after a disagreement broke out between the couple. Biko was said to have demanded his wedding ring from his wife and allegedly went on to assault her.
Sindisiwe wedded Hlumelo two years ago in a lavish ceremony held at the luxurious Cavalli Estate in Stellenbosch. He is the son of former World Bank Managing Director Mamphela Ramphele and the late anti-apartheid struggle icon Steve Biko.