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.