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By Sibangile Mashabamashabas@sowetan.co.za | May 27, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

A ROODEPOORT magistrate is this morning expected to rule on whether former soccer star Mandla "Metro Blitz" Sithole should be freed on bail or not.

Sithole, who now goes by the surname of Tsheole, appeared briefly before magistrate Ruby Matthys in court on a charge of murder.

He allegedly stabbed Thulani Ndlovu, 31, in the chest on Sunday afternoon.

Police said Sithole had gone to Ndlovu to demand R100 owed to him.

When Ndlovu told him that he did not have any money, Sithole allegedly grabbed him by the neck, took out a knife and stabbed him.

Applying for bail Sithole said, through an affidavit read out in court by his attorney Mafori Mphahlele: "I am a married man and have two children. I am employed as a legend's coach at Orlando Pirates. I earn R7000 a month.

"I travel overseas but do not have property or family living there permanently. I handed myself over to the police. I have no previous convictions. I will obey court rules."

State prosecutor Given Twala said he would present his case today.

Sithole is a former Orlando Pirates striker.

Among the interested parties in court was Sithole's former teammate and defender at Pirates, Bernard "Shoes" Lushozi, now a school principal in Soweto.


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