George Lebese ‘assault’ started with a phone call

2015-02-15 15:00

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It was an argument over a phone call from another woman that allegedly led to Kaizer Chiefs player George Lebese attacking his longtime girlfriend and smashing her car.

Lebese (26) is due back in the Pretoria Magistrates’ Court on March 9 to face charges of assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm and malicious damage to property.

He was released on bail of R1?000 on Tuesday night and appeared briefly in court on Wednesday.

A senior prosecutor at the court, who has studied the 22-year-old girlfriend’s affidavit, said in it she claims “they were at a popular club, Jack Budha, in Mamelodi West in Pretoria, having fun with friends last Sunday”.

According to the affidavit, “Lebese received a call from someone [his girlfriend] believed was [another] girlfriend.”

The prosecutor said that, according to the affidavit, the couple started quarrelling and the woman decided to leave.

In the affidavit, Lebese’s girlfriend claims a car chase ensued, which ended with Lebese used his car to block the path of his girlfriend’s charcoal-grey Mercedes-Benz SL 65 AMG.

He then allegedly got out of his car and started kicking one of the Mercedes’ windows until it was damaged.

“The complainant further claims she tried to escape, but Lebese caught her and assaulted her,” added the prosecutor.

According to the charge sheet, which City Press has seen, Lebese is barred from going to the complainant’s home.

According to sources, the attractive young woman had been dating Lebese for about three years and they were well known in social circles in Pretoria as an “inseparable” couple.

City Press has learnt that the former Tshwane University of Technology student comes from a wealthy family and her father is a well-respected business tycoon in Pretoria. Two independent sources, who asked not to be named, told City Press Lebese and his girlfriend had been celebrating their birthdays by hosting a joint party for close friends at Jack Budha last Sunday.

One source said the couple had been seen cosying up that day and spending time together preparing for their white-themed party.

A second source, who witnessed the fight, said: “I was surprised when I saw them at their party embroiled in a squabble.

“Lebese kicked her as if he was kicking a ball.”

The second source added: “She wept uncontrollably; she was powerless and couldn’t fight back.”

One of Lebese’s close friends, who also asked not to be named, was invited to the party but could not attend.

He said he was devastated when he heard about the allegations against Lebese.

“I grew up with Lebese and I’ve never seen him beating a woman,” said the friend.

Another friend said the soccer star was a humble, down-to-earth young man and a big dreamer who wanted the best for his three-year-old son from a previous relationship.

Lebese’s lawyer, Sammy Mahlangu, denied reports this week that his client had been tricked into handing himself over to police on Tuesday.

“His four team-mates and I took him to the police on Tuesday,” said Mahlangu.

“He was taken into the police cell and we applied for bail that same evening. He was released on R1?000 bail.”

Mahlangu said he hoped the police investigation would be completed by March 9, in time for the next court appearance.

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