Powerboat champ guilty of child rape

2011-12-13 14:30

Johannesburg - Former world powerboat champion Lionel Ball was found guilty by the Eastern Cape High Court in Grahamstown of raping and sexually exploiting an 11-year-old girl, it was reported on Tuesday.

The Herald Online reported that Ball and his former domestic worker Nokuzola Ntonga were convicted on Monday.

Ntonga was found guilty of conspiracy and aiding and abetting Ball to commit a sexual offence.

Judge Judith Roberson said Ntonga and Ball had given conflicting testimonies about the arranged meeting between Ball and the child as well as what occurred afterwards.

The girl testified she knew Ntonga, who had come to the house with a friend and told her she would take her to a social worker to get shoes and clothes.

She got into the car, and was taken to Ball's home in Amalinda, East London, where she was raped.

Afterwards Ball forced her into the shower and then locked her in the bedroom before driving her back home.

Ball admitted the child was brought to his home, but denied he had raped her.

He said he let her watch television in his bedroom before giving her food, some clothes and R200 for shoes.

Roberson said she thought it inexplicable that Ball would take a child he “did not know from a bar of soap”, allow her to watch television in his bedroom and then give her a relatively large sum of money.

The case was postponed to December 15 for sentencing.

  • Shirley - 2011-12-13 14:52

    How much lower can humanity go??? Death is too quick for him and accomplice. Let them do hard labour for 10 years and then executed. There is no reforming these sickos-death the only solution!

      Helen - 2011-12-14 10:37

      Yes, Shirley.Rapists can never be rehabilitated so let's not waste resources.It must be an inadequacy and inability to enjoy sex as it should be done. Rape shows such inferiority that sickos like that might as well be done away with.

  • Vegi - 2011-12-13 14:53

    Proponents of death penalty, why don't you call for the execution of this man? I am waiting for to call for this man to be given a lethal injection.

      Randomhero6661 - 2011-12-13 15:17

      yo veggie look 2 comments above you...mmmkay!

      Yar - 2011-12-13 21:14

      @Veg Hang the bastard. He won't do it again. A lot of other paedophiles will also give up their stinking pasttime.

  • Itumeleng - 2011-12-13 14:54

    What the hell is going on in this country of ours nowadays...i'm completly out of words now. Death sentence pleeeeease!!!

  • cosmos.ndebele - 2011-12-13 14:55

    Could someone describe this guy how he looks like to me pls asblief?

      leigh.windvogel - 2011-12-13 15:12

      wat for?

      Randomhero6661 - 2011-12-13 15:19

      he got 2 feet arms and apparently races boats he even won some silverware... i tell yo hwat why don't you google him...mmmkay!

      jowza1 - 2011-12-13 15:21

      he is white and wears a racing helmet

      MissGremlin - 2011-12-13 15:23

      @ Jozwa. Perhaps he is the new stig?

      jowza1 - 2011-12-13 15:29


      cosmos.ndebele - 2011-12-13 15:37

      Was he not born in Austria by any chance?

      Petronella - 2011-12-21 10:48

  • Zion - 2011-12-13 14:57

    Amazing how hard some people work to build up a respectable reputation and in a moment of madness and a few minutes destroy all their hard work for carnal lust. Every society on earth abhors rape of children.

      Barefoot - 2011-12-13 15:08

      It was neither a minute or a moment seeing from the ruling it was planned

  • Vegi - 2011-12-13 14:58

    I penile injection to deal with this man's troublesome penis is ideal in this situation. We don't have money to feed him in jail. Just inject his troublesome member and let him go.

  • RSole - 2011-12-13 15:03

    Send him to Paulsmore. The 26's will be happy to see him.

  • kritzinger - 2011-12-13 15:07

    Stuff the guy full of cocaine and send him to China for swift justice.

  • ttrevenen - 2011-12-13 15:08

    Castration and hard labour until the day they die!

  • MissGremlin - 2011-12-13 15:11

    I have thought of an export that China are welcome to have. We should put some kind of trade agreement in place. Compulsary to take 5 child rapists/drug lords per 10 tons of valuable mineral mined... We should wrestle back control of our country in about 3 - 6 months...

      Jan - 2011-12-13 15:28

      Miss Gremlin for pres life long

      MissGremlin - 2011-12-13 15:31

      Thanx Jan. I accept the salary and cars, but he may keep his wives.

      kaMazibuko - 2011-12-13 15:34


  • reza.daniels1 - 2011-12-13 15:14

    If this does not justify a death sentence then we have failed this child and every other child that has been raped

  • jodi.kruger - 2011-12-13 15:14

    Disgusting. Hope they rot in jail for a VERY long time.

  • raegan.mcreed - 2011-12-13 15:15

    put his balls in the motor of that powerboat till its shredded to pieces...''paedophile muther f@#ker'..

      trishawebbheywood - 2011-12-14 00:11

      No Raegan, not a muther, a child. An 11 year old. He has ruined her life.

  • Barefoot - 2011-12-13 15:16

    My word! people don't read they just run for the comments section: the will drag? he was found guilty! the woman should also be charged? guilty too. they are waiting for sentencing get it?

      Randomhero6661 - 2011-12-13 15:24

      you have to admit commenting is fun.

      Barefoot - 2011-12-13 15:26

      Yeah reading is soooo boring lol

      Gregory Jurgens - 2011-12-13 15:37

      Lol @ randomhero.

  • Dave - 2011-12-13 15:16

    There you go, Honky24 has deleted my post.

      shauncro - 2011-12-13 15:18

      Same thing happened to me now dave.

      Barefoot - 2011-12-13 15:28

      And swiftly too! someone is workin i see two questionable comments are deleted

  • Thozi - 2011-12-13 15:18

    Let's pretend we were in China and they'd been found guilty of drug trafficking...

  • shauncro - 2011-12-13 15:18

    Hey Lionel, the gangsters in prison are going to love your sweet @$$, have fun buddy, you reap what you sow!

      taurais - 2011-12-13 17:56

      Maybe in the US, but do jail birds also sort out child molesters here? Coz child molesters should never be safe anywhere!! Rape is really getting out of hand in this country, anybody know what we can do rather than just whine here for castration to be seriously considered as a law against cut and dry rape cases?? Then again with recorded cases of women who lie about being raped to fix a guy, this might not pass, what to do- what to do??? we need a practical deterrent to this epidemic!!

  • Chans - 2011-12-13 15:23

    I just believe all sexual offenders should be castrated!!! And then given jail term or death penalty. And for the sick hag that brought the kid over, she should not get less than 20 years with no probation. Seriously what is wrong with people that cant keep their hands off minors!!! Its probably not the first time the domestic worker pimps out a kid to him, sick sick sick

  • ana.curcic - 2011-12-13 15:27

    Get all these bustards on a farms chain them and let them work 16 hours a day, produce food to feed our poor people and never, never let them be free again. Failing this Death penalty will be very welcome.

      MissGremlin - 2011-12-13 15:33

      like this. Bring back chain gang mentality. If we can't have the death penalty, the least we can do is make them work hard and suffer.

  • TheWatcher - 2011-12-13 15:29

    liquidate his assets and give the proceeds to the girl.

      Heiku - 2011-12-13 15:53

      Best suggestion so far.

  • Henry - 2011-12-13 15:30

    Send him to China and put him in front of a firing squad!!

  • Vegi - 2011-12-13 15:34

    With the recent convictions prison demographics are turning out nicely. All sectors of our population will be fairly represented in prison. Chinese population in our prisons need to increase too and this can be achieved swiftly if attention can be given to Rhino poaching and piracy. I mean piracy of everything from infant formulas to CDs/DVDs to ointments, clothes and medicines. That country's wealth is founded on evil.

  • Michelle - 2011-12-13 15:37

    Wat 'n klomp k*k. Like our esteemed president who gave his victim breakfast AND taxi money????? Sick society we live in. This child is only eleven. And she is watching TV in his bedroom???? Enough already. M

      Vegi - 2011-12-13 15:48

      A girl child who is neither your relative or known to you cannot be in your bedroom watching TV. He is guilty as you say.

  • Dave - 2011-12-13 15:41

    I must say he looks creepy.

  • Lucid - 2011-12-13 15:49

    ok so was she 11 or 15? not that it really matters but nice to have the facts straight. other reports say she was 11. and this happened in 2009 so its taken a while??

  • Bryan - 2011-12-13 15:55

    What a sick disgusting low life pig..!!

  • geraldine.saunders3 - 2011-12-13 16:00

    Men who sexually exploit and abuse children and women will think that their behaviour is normal if other men do not speak up and condone their behaviour. We need our brother, our fathers, our uncles, our spouses and our partners to speak up, to challenge this behaviour. We should challenge our men in soceity to act as positive role models to both our boys and girls because real men do not abuse, sexual exploit or rape children and women.

      Sunshine - 2011-12-13 20:34

      Exactly Geraldine

  • Jeffrey - 2011-12-13 16:26

    The firm who sponsored him should withdraw their sponsorship.

  • Leon - 2011-12-13 16:27

    I can scarcely believe this....I used to race against this guy in the late 80's.....just shows, you never really know someone do you? what kind of person forces another to do something against their will, no matter what it is, sexual or otherwise.

  • Stephanus - 2011-12-13 16:32

    What goes through the mind of a man who plots to rape a 11-year old girl? What goes through his mind when he is violating her? Is there no shame inside him? I mean, she is still a child... Stories like these are truly shocking.

  • comrade.zondi - 2011-12-13 16:51

    Eish Rape is a capital offence - the rope waits. Comrade Zondi

  • Rohin - 2011-12-13 16:59

    This guy has some I paid her some money and she ate some food so it's not rape tendencies.

  • leigh.ridgway - 2011-12-13 18:20

    A very well known Anglican Priest from Port Elisabeth molested an unknown number of innocent little girls throughout his sick life. He died 2 months ago and his friends, family and all members of his parish believe him to be a 'saint', a 'hero' and a 'protector of the innocent'. It's such a shame that men like this get away with ruining young lives and die never having once taken responsibility for their actions. I hope this human pig, Lionel Ball, gets his just desserts and justice is served!

  • Vic - 2011-12-13 20:18

    Ball,is dispicable scum! May he be jailed for life and be gang raped by aids infected inmates.

  • nikki.bodenstein - 2011-12-13 21:01

    Sick! He better hope he doesn't drop the soap in jail!

  • Peter - 2011-12-13 22:18

    First it was Bob Hewitt now this clown how many more to follow, years ago Japie Mulder and a small girl settled out of court payment

  • Alva - 2011-12-13 22:26

    Pity there is no lethal injection.

  • brionyl.french - 2011-12-14 05:21

    One less Rapists around

  • Fenderbender - 2011-12-14 07:34

    Rot you pig

  • Wesley - 2011-12-14 08:01

    Death sentence

  • Jannie - 2011-12-14 08:07

    I actually raced against him, what scum, this is sick. He was well respected in the inflatable boat racing community. He deserves the harshest sentence for what he did.

  • fernibat - 2011-12-14 08:09

    There is only one way to send the message that child paedophilia will NOT be TOLERATED - DEATH to the GUILTY SCUM who perpetrate this VILE, COWARDLY act! Send that message, LOUD and CLEAR and CONTINUOUSLY, and the government will be doing their bit to PROTECT the INNOCENT! Right now, they FAIL every CHILD that has or will be a VICTIM of these DESPICABLE MONSTERS!

  • Fredster69 - 2011-12-14 08:16

    have HIS ball

  • EyesEars - 2011-12-14 09:34

    2 + 2 does not = 4. To little info. Were the child taken to a hospital? Were tests done? Judge comment understood, although facts not clear. Nokuzola Ntonga had previous similar offences, why is she on the streets and how many lives will she be allowed to destroy? All is not what it seems.

  • Craig - 2011-12-14 10:17

    What's the bet he'll be out of jail within five years, the justice system supports rape especially child rape.

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  • Ben - 2011-12-14 11:31

    WTF?! los die donnerse kinder uit!

  • Olivia - 2011-12-14 12:17

    Castration will be in order!!!!

  • ivan.coetzee2 - 2011-12-14 12:41

    This is gonna be a "Ball-ache" for this dude, go to jail you pig, see what rape is all about there.

  • Antoinette De Klerk Britnor - 2012-01-22 16:10

    How sick and sad! To think I actually went out with this man in my younger days! May justice prevail. No rapist, abuser or molester should be allowed to walk the face of the earth!