Algerian match official in court for attempted rape of SA cleaner

2014-12-17 15:48

An Algerian match official appeared briefly in the Durban Magistrates’ Court earlier today on charges of sexual assault and attempting to rape a hotel cleaner on the morning of Bafana Bafana’s African Nations Cup qualifier in Durban last month.

The official, whose name is known to City Press, was not asked to plead and the case was adjourned until Monday in order that investigators conduct a follow up interview with the complainant in the case. The 33-year-old man’s bail of R2 000 was extended and he was released into the custody of officials from the Algerian Embassy in Pretoria, who have been given the responsibility of ensuring that he turn up for court hearings.

The official was one of four match officials provided by the Algerian Football Association for the Bafana game against Sudan, which the South African team won 2-1.

On the morning of the match he allegedly propositioned a female cleaner at the Suncoast Towers hotel, where the match officials were staying. When she refused to have sex with him for pay, he then allegedly tried to rape her, but was disturbed by another cleaner who heard her cry for help. The two women contacted security, who detained the official, who tried to leave the hotel and continue with his refereeing assignment, until police arrived.

Supporters at the game were oblivious of the behind the scenes hustling by Safa’s top brass, including CEO Dennis Mumble, to find a replacement for the official without alerting the media.

The official was eventually replaced with South African match official Lalelani Mngadi, who was called in to take over as the fourth official for the game.

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24


Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.