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Sundowns' marketing man accused of abusing 15-year-old

By unknown | Oct 18, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Simon Nare and Sipho Masombuka

Mamelodi Sundowns' director of marketing and communications Alex "Gold Fingers" Shakoane handed himself over to Mabopane police in Pretoria yesterday morning.

Shakoane was immediately charged with indecently assaulting a 15-year- old daughter of a colleague at the club.

The alleged incident happened outside the Morula Sun casino in Mabopane on October 7.

Tshwane police spokesman Inspector Paul Ramaloko said Shakoane was accompanied by his lawyer, Advocate Marius Bouer.

Shakoane appeared in the Ga-Rankuwa magistrate's court and was released on R1000 bail.

"The bail conditions are that he is not to contact witnesses in the case," said Ramaloko.

Shakoane is scheduled to appear again in court on November 14.

When contacted, Shakoane denied handing himself over.

"Who said that? That is not true," he said.

Another person then took over the telephone and said it was a wrong number.

"No this is not Shakoane's phone. It's a wrong number."

Shakoane later called and referred the newspaper to his legal representative.

Bouwer confirmed that police had called his client and requested he come in "to see them".

But when he arrived at the station they arrested him.

He was not asked to plead and was released on bail.

A source close to the matter said the charges had been trumped-up and the matter was being investigated to unravel who was behind the plot to destroy Shakoane.

Steve Mashalane, a Sundowns director, could not comment at the time of going to the press, saying he needed to get a directive from club president Patrice Motsepe.

Sunday World at the weekend reported that a source close to Shakoane had said he had been spotted in the vicinity of Morula Sun with the girl in his car. The alleged assault is said to have happened outside the casino.

"The girl was taken for a medical examination and hasn't been to school for the whole [ of last] week."

The girl's tearful father confirmed to the paper that his daughter was violated by his colleague.

"My daughter was supposed to be preparing for her final year exams, but instead she is preparing herself to go to court and face this monster I thought was a colleague."


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