Former Proteas cricketer in court for assault

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Cape Town - Former Proteas cricketer Thami Tsolekile on Tuesday appeared in the Goodwood Magistrate's Court on a charge of assault.

The ex-wicket keeper is alleged to have been involved in the assault of a 14-year-old boy in Pinelands last week. He is accused of grabbing the minor by the chest and slapping him in the face.  

The case was postponed to October 10 for further investigation.

The 35-year-old former Lions captain is alleged to have confronted the victim and his friends outside their school last Wednesday. He was arrested on October 8.

Sport24 reported that the children had been shouting at passing cars and the cricketer allegedly stopped and grabbed the 14-year-old before driving off with him for several minutes.

He then dropped the child back at the school and left his details with a teacher.

Tsolekile 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, Sport24 reported.

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