Former Proteas cricketer denies assaulting pupil

2016-10-10 13:08
Thami Tsolekile walks with Advocate Mafu Masina outside the Goodwood Magistrate Court. (Tammy Petersen, News24)

Thami Tsolekile walks with Advocate Mafu Masina outside the Goodwood Magistrate Court. (Tammy Petersen, News24)

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Cape Town - The legal advisor of former cricketer Thami Tsolekile on Monday insisted there had been no assault on the minor who claimed the former Protea had slapped him.

Advocate Mafu Masina said his client denied getting physical with the Pinelands pupil during an altercation with the 14-year-old in September.

He is alleged to have confronted the teenager and his friends outside their school on September 7. He was arrested the next day.

The boy was apparently part of a group of children who had been throwing stones and shouting at passing cars.

The ex-wicketkeeper, 35, is alleged to have grabbed the boy outside a local school and slapped him in the face.

Match fixing

Masina, however, said his client denied assaulting the boy.

"According to him, he took the child into the school to report what they had been doing. He said there had been no assault," Masina said.

Tsolekile, dressed in a grey tracksuit, appeared relaxed in the dock of the Goodwood Magistrate's Court on Monday, where the case was postponed to October 24 for further consultation.

Tsolokile faces a charge of assault and has not yet pleaded, Masina said.

A polite Tsolekile, the former captain of the Lions, declined to comment.

He was one of four cricketers banned for match fixing.

The ban came into effect from August 1 2016 following his involvement in contriving or attempting to fix matches in the 2015 RAM SLAM T20 Challenge Series.

He was handed a ban of 12 years for contriving to fix a match or matches in the 2015 RAM SLAM; failing to disclose to the CSA Anti-Corruption Officer the full details of an approach to engage in corrupt conduct; failing to disclose full details of matters evidencing a breach of the code by another participant; and obstructing or delaying the investigation by destroying evidence that was relevant to the investigation.

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