'Rose of Soweto' bobs and weaves to avoid media

2015-06-09 13:48

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Johannesburg - Former boxing champ Dingaan Thobela pulled out all the stops to avoid the media as he appeared in the Johannesburg Specialised Commercial Crime Court on Tuesday to face a charge of fraud.

Before proceedings began, the "Rose of Soweto", as he was popularly known during his boxing days, stood in the court passages where he spoke to a man. But he quickly disappeared as a journalist and photographer walked past, asking about which court he was to appear in.

His lawyer called him into court only moments before the proceedings began.

He sat in the front bench of the court gallery, his head bowed, fiddling with his cellphone as photographers tried to snap pictures of him.

Thobela is charged with contravening the Financial Advisory and Intermediary Services Act.

He hung up his boxing gloves several years ago and now makes a living through his burial business, The Rose Funeral Services CC.

He was alleged, however, to have provided more services than what he is registered for.

Unlicensed services

"The entity mentioned above and/or the accused was/were involved in a business of providing financial services to the general public," his charge sheet read.

Thobela did not have a license to provide financial services.

The charge sheet stated that in 2007, Thobela gave financial services to Jacobus Lebakeng and in 2008, to Anastatia Mia.

Dressed in a checkered shirt and a grey jacket, he stood in the dock where his matter was postponed to July 20.

The case was postponed for the contents of the docket to be supplied to the defence.

Thobela and his lawyer quickly left the courtroom after the proceedings, evading journalists trying to follow them.

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