EXCLUSIVE | Temba Bavuma on Thami Tsolekile match-fixing scandal: 'It's heartbreaking'

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South African batter Temba Bavuma (AFP)
South African batter Temba Bavuma (AFP)
Marco Longari / AFP

On Freedom Day this year, Proteas white-ball captain Temba Bavuma was in Langa – the township in which he grew up.

He was back home to do the Run4Freedom race and also spent some time with a familiar face in the form of Thami Tsolekile. For all Bavuma’s success and his ascension to the national captaincy, Tsolekile’s is a heart-breaking and cautionary tale to cricketers across the globe. 

Tsolekile, who played three Test matches for the Proteas, is serving a 12-year ban for his involvement in the 2015 Ram Slam match-fixing scandal. Bavuma doesn’t condone Tsolekile’s actions, but has sympathy for a man who has fallen on hard times since his lengthy ban took effect. 

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