Thami Tsolekile to make representations over assault claim

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)

Cape Town - Former Highveld Lions cricket captain Thami Tsolekile intends submitting representations to the director of public prosecutions on why the assault case against him should not continue.

Tsolekile appeared in the Goodwood Magistrate's Court on Monday and the case was postponed to November 30 so that his counsel can submit the representations.

Tsolekile is accused of grabbing and slapping a 14-year-old pupil from Pinelands High School in Cape Town on September 7.

He was arrested on September 8 and at a previous court appearance his lawyer advocate Mafu Masina said his client denies the charge.

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

"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 is not being held in custody.

Sport24 reported earlier this year that on August 1, 2016, Tsolekile was one of four cricket players who were banned from the game for 12 years for his involvement in contriving or attempting to fix matches in the 2015 RAM SLAM T20 Challenge Series.

He had also failed to tell the Cricket SA anti-corruption officer the full details of an approach to engage in corrupt conduct and failed to disclose full details of matters evidencing a breach of the code by another participant. He was also banned for obstructing or delaying the investigation by destroying evidence that was relevant to the investigation.

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