February 07, 2024

Former Soccer Star Faces Assault Charge

Retired footballer, Thandani Ntshumayelo, is in hot water after allegedly assaulting his girlfriend.

According to reports, an alleged fight initially broke out between Ntshumayelo – affectionately known as “Bibo” by his fans – and one of his friends during a gathering at his Gauteng residence last Friday, 2 February.

“[Ntshumayelo’s girlfriend] then tried to intervene in an attempt to calm down the accused,” explained Phindi Mjonondwane, a spokesperson for the National Prosecuting Authority’s Gauteng branch.

“Ntshumayelo then allegedly became aggressive towards her, by slapping her across the face, grabbed her by her head and hit [her head] against the wall. She further alleges that he then pushed her to the ground,” Mjonondwane added.

Arrested and facing a charge of assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, Ntshumayelo appeared in the Randburg Magistrate’s Court in Johannesburg on Monday, 5 February. He was granted R1 000 bail, and is scheduled to appear in court again on 4 April.

Despite playing for the likes of Orlando Pirates, Swallows FC and even the South African national men’s team, the 33-year-old’s career has been overshadowed by controversy over the years. Notably, he received a four-year ban (later reduced to two) after he tested positive for an illegal substance in 2016.

Ntshumayelo retired from the sport last June.

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