Ex-Proteas star to appear in court over assault on Pinelands pupil

09 September 2016 - 18:21 By Deneesha Pillay

A 35-year-old former Proteas cricket-player is expected to appear in court next week following allegations of assaulting a teenage boy. The cricket cannot be named until he appears in court.Police spokesperson Constable Noloyiso Rwexana told TMG Digital on Friday that a case of assault is under investigation.“According to reports‚ a 14-year-old male opened a case and it is under investigation‚” Rwexana said. “The suspect has been warned to appear in court on 13 September 2016.”Eyewitness News reported on Friday that police had confirmed opening an assault case against the former cricketer.The teenager’s sister said the boy and his friends had been shouting at passing cars outside Pinelands High School on Wednesday.“And then he (the cricketer) just pulled him by the throat and clamped him against the car and asked him what is it that he said [what did you say to me] and then my brother said they were just playing around‚” the sister told EWN.“Then two other guys came trying to get my brother out of the car and the guy was just trying to fight them off and closed his door and he continued smacking my brother in the car and hit him really hard across the face and then he sped off.”The ex-cricketer allegedly drove around with the boy for several minutes before dropping him off at the school.The teen was treated at a nearby hospital for cuts and bruises on his face.Responding to EWN via WhatsApp‚ the ex-cricketer said: "How can I assault a 14-year-old in front of my kids? I took the 14-year-old to Pinelands High School and reported him for swearing me and throwing little stones in my car."Pinelands High School principal Dave Campbell was not available to comment. – TMG Digital

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