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    Former Protea in court over 'assault'

    Thami Tsolekile has appeared in court after an alleged assault on a 14-year-old schoolboy in Pinelands last week.

    The former Proteas and Highveld Lions wicketkeeper has landed himself in hot water once again, after it emerged last Wednesday that a former international cricketer was accused of kidnapping and assaulting a schoolboy in Pinelands.

    The sister of the boy told EWN that her brother and his friends were confronted by the 35-year-old outside their school.

    She said the boys had been shouting at passing cars, before the man ‘stopped and pulled her brother by the throat and clamped him against the car’.

    The man then allegedly drove around with the boy for several minutes, before dropping him off at his school and leaving his details with a teacher.

    He said he reported the child for swearing at him and ‘throwing little stones’ at his car.

    Tsolekile’s name could only be revealed once he appeared in court. The case has now been postponed until 10 October.

    It’s not been a good couple of months for Tsolekile, who was banned from cricket for 12 years in early-August for his role in the recent Ram Slam T20 Challenge spot-fixing scandal. He was found guilty of four offences, including contriving to fix a match in the 2015 competition, failing to co-operate with the investigation, destroying evidence and refusing to disclose full details of the involvement of an accomplice.

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