Former Orlando Pirates star Steve Lekoelea says he is happy that the “embarrassing” ordeal of being arrested for being in possession of a stolen car is behind him now and that he can refocus on his life.
The former Bucs dribbling star was arrested by the traffic officers while driving in Orange Farm, south of Johannesburg, around on Tuesday.
He appeared at Vereeniging Magistrate’s Court on Thursday, but the charges against him were dropped due to lack of evidence.
“I have never thought that one day I would be arrested. It was an embarrassing episode of my life. I mean, I have always tried to live a clean life because I know that I’m a role model to some kids out there. Tuesday’s arrest almost ruined a reputation that I have worked hard to keep,” Lekoelea told Phakaaathi.
“It was all a misunderstanding because I bought this car from someone. The next thing I’m stopped by the traffic cops and they tell me that the car has been registered with two colours, grey and white. I told them I bought this car from someone and that I have its papers, but they still went ahead and arrested me. I don’t blame them though because they were doing their job.
“I’m just glad that the case was withdrawn and I won’t appear in court again. The person who sold me the car is coming over to my place today (Friday) to sort out this issue.”