Cape Town - Former
Premiership player Masibusane Zongo is reportedly still in police
custody as he awaits his trial for an alleged rape in 2013.
The 27-year-old was once considered one of South Africa's brightest
attacking talents during spells with the likes of SuperSport United and
Platinum Stars, however, continued indiscretions off the pitch have
seemingly ruined a promising career.
Nonetheless, Zongo could now face extended jail time if found guilty
of the crime of which he is accused. Initially he was out on bail but
after breaching conditions of his release, he was arrested and placed
into police custody.
Western Cape NPA spokesman Eric Ntabazalila confirmed the winger's
detainment and said the trial for his alleged rape will commence on
Ntabazalila told Soccer Laduma: "I can confirm that
Masibusane Zongo is charged with the rape of a 19-year-old woman in
Goodwood on 9th February 2013. He was arrested on 7th March 2013 and has
appeared at the Parow Regional Court.
"After his arrest, he was released on bail with the normal conditions
that he must appear in court on the next court date. He breached bail
conditions and a warrant of arrest was issued.
"He was rearrested and he lost his bail. Since then he has been in
custody. The trial was supposed to start on 7th June 2017 but his legal
representative, Advocate Noxaka, was not in court on the day and advised
the court that he was going to withdraw from representing the accused.
"A new legal representative, Mr Kroukamp, came on record but
requested that the matter be postponed for him to receive further
particulars from the state and for him to consult with his client.
"So, he (Zongo) last appeared on 5th September 2017 at the Parow
Regional Court where he pleaded not guilty. The case has now been
remanded to 13th October 2017 for further trial. And he is in custody."