South Africa

8 SA athletes currently serving bans

2017-04-20 18:30
Gulam Bodi (Getty Images)

Cape Town - A list of South African sportsmen who are currently serving bans from their respective sports.

1. Gulam Bodi

Cricket South Africa (CSA) imposed a 20-year ban last year on former Proteas batsman Bodi after he admitted charges of contriving or attempting to fix matches in the 2015 T20 Challenge Series.

Bodi played two ODIs and one T20 for the Proteas in 2007.

2. Alviro Petersen

Former Proteas opening batsman Petersen was banned by CSA for two years.

The charges against Petersen followed the lengthy and ongoing investigation by CSA's Anti-Corruption Unit relating to the 2015 T20 Challenge Series tournament.

Petersen played 36 Test matches, 21 ODIs and two T20Is for the Proteas.

3. Joshua Chetty

South African tennis player Chetty has been banned from the sport for life after being found guilty of match-fixing charges.

Chetty, 21, admitted last year to approaching another player with financial inducements during the ITF Futures F1 event in Stellenbosch.

Chetty had a career-high ranking of 1 370th in June 2015.

4. Thandani Ntshumayelo

Former Orlando Pirates midfielder Thandani Ntshumayelo was banned from playing football for four years after testing positive for a class A drug.

The 27-year-old's contract was terminated by Pirates shortly after pleading guilty to "snorting three lines of cocaine at a party".

Ntshumayelo made his debut for Bafana Bafana in 2011 and has three caps to his name.

5.  Victor Hogan 

Discus thrower Hogan was slapped with a two-year ban after testing positive for methylhexaneamine at last year's SA national championships in April - where he threw a personal best.

Hogan, 27, is a three-time African champion and qualified for the 2016 Rio Olympics.

6. Thami Tsolekile

Former Proteas wicketkeeper is currently serving a 12-year ban for contriving to fix a match or matches in the 2015 T20 Challenge Series tournament.

Tsolekile played three Tests for the Proteas.

7. Monde Hadebe

Sharks hooker Monde Hadebe was banned from rugby for four years for a steroid-related doping offence.

Hadebe, 25, made three appearances for the Sharks in Super Rugby 2015 and has since quit the sport.

8. Oscar Pistorius

He might not be banned, but Pistorius is currently serving a six-year jail sentence for murdering his girlfriend in 2013.

Pistorius garnered major popularity at the London 2012 Games when he became the first disabled athlete to compete at the Olympic Games.

He is considered one of the world's most famous disabled athletes with eight Paralympic medals - six of which are gold - to his name.

Other notable charges:

Rugby: Border Under-21 lock Chase Benito (four years), Griquas Under-21 loose forward Nico Graaff (two years) and Border's Currie Cup-level loose forward Lukhanyo Nomzanga.

Cricket: Highveld Lions all-rounder Jean Symes (seven years), bowler Ethy Mbhalati (10 years) and bowler Pumelela Matshikwe (10 years).

Aquatics: Swimmer Louisa de Jongh and water polo player Jabulani Sibiya have both been served with two-year bans after failing drug tests.

All images: Gallo and Getty


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