Alex Mitchley
1 minute read
9 Mar 2015
5:35 pm

NPA to decide on Lebese charges

Alex Mitchley

Despite a report that charges against Kaizer Chiefs midfielder George Lebese may be withdrawn by his girlfriend Sizakele Manonga, the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) said it would make the decision on whether to prosecute the soccer player or not.

George Lebese during the Carling Black Label Cup match between Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates at FNB Stadium on July 26, 2014 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Lefty Shivambu/Gallo Images)

This follows after Lebese’s case was postponed to April for further investigations, the Pretoria Magistrates’ Court heard yesterday. The soccer player has been charged with intent to do grievous bodily harm as well as malicious damage to property after allegedly assaulting his girlfriend Manonga in February. According to police, the soccer player hit his girlfriend, Sizakele Manonga, and also damaged her vehicle by smashing her car windows.

The 26-year-old was arrested in his Silverton home in Pretoria and later released on R1 000 bail. However, NPA spokesman Velekhaya Mgobhozi said the charges are not withdrawn by complainants and that the decision to prosecute or not is the responsibility of the NPA. The NPA viewed these offences in a very serious light,” said Mgobhozi.

“It goes without saying that such a decision cannot be reached easily.”

At the time of Lebese’s arrest, the Kaizer Chiefs Football Club based in Johannesburg issued a statement saying that their midfielder had handed himself over to authorities.
Lebese is expected to appear in the Pretoria Magistrates’ Court again on April 1.


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