Bloody catfight over ‘Killer’ Mphela

2013-06-30 14:00

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Plates flew and blood flowed at an up-market Joburg nightclub when four women got into a fight over Mamelodi Sundowns and former Bafana Bafana striker Katlego “Killer” Mphela.

Bouncers at the VIP Lounge in Sandton had to intervene when one of the women, known only as Tshepang, was hit in the face with a plate and stabbed several times in the thighs by another, whom an eyewitness called Boitumelo.

Mphela confirmed the incident, though he said he had not witnessed it himself.

The eyewitness, who refused to be identified, said Mphela took his girlfriend, Simphiwe, for a drink at the club last Saturday night.

One of his friends, a man named Tumi, joined them and arrived with a bevy of beautiful women.

Tshepang, whom the eyewitness called a hot young model, caught Mphela’s attention. She did not stay at the table for long, instead hitting the dance floor.

The football star had been happily drinking and sitting on his girlfriend’s lap – but then, the eyewitness claimed, he followed Tshepang and the pair danced.

“Simphiwe followed Katlego to that section after suspecting that something was amiss,” said the witness.

He claimed that when she found Mphela and Tshepang “serenading” each other, she pulled her man away from the model and gave him a furious tongue-lashing in front of bemused patrons.

Simphiwe then allegedly lunged at Tshepang, grabbing her by her clothes, but the footballer separated the two, the witness said. But Simphiwe followed the model and the pair started ­arguing.

Simphiwe pushed Tshepang so hard that she fell over, the witness claimed.

“Tshepang stood up and charged at Simphiwe,” the witness explained.

At this point, one of the couple’s friends, Boitumelo, joined the fray, grabbing a plate and hitting Tshepang in the face with it, the witness claimed. It is alleged that Boitumelo then grabbed one of the pieces of broken plate and stabbed Tshepang in the thighs.

Then another woman got involved. Known only as Cynthia, she called the bouncers over and ordered them to stop the fight.

One of the club’s employees, who did not want to be named, confirmed the incident.

He said the women had paid for the plates that were broken during the fight.

“They apologised for their ­misdeeds and paid for the plates,” he said.

Mphela confirmed that Simphiwe was his girlfriend and that she was involved in a fight with other women at the club.

But he said he did not see the fight.

“I was in the other section when they fought. I did not see anything. I only got to know about it after they chased them out of the nightclub,” he said.

Mphela said he took the injured woman to hospital and reprimanded Simphiwe for her ­behaviour.

Simphiwe initially promised to speak to City Press if phoned back within an hour, but then ­ignored repeated calls.

VIP Lounge owner Chris ­Coutroulis could not be reached for comment.

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