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.

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