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Five Sports Celebrities who have been accused/convicted of grave criminal offences in South Africa

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Sir-Alex-Ferguson01Once in a while South Africa is jolted by criminal scandals involving well-known Sports celebrities at the centre stage. Below is a list of five prominent sports celebrities infamously involved in or have been accused of committing gross criminal conducts in South Africa. 

#5 Sir Alex Ferguson

Former Manchester United’s boss, Sir Alex Ferguson, was in 2002 accused of raping and sexually assaulting a woman named Nadia Abrahams in South Africa. It was later found that that the accuser was a prostitute who plotted with her pimp to try to set Sir Alex Ferguson.

Sir Alex Ferguson






#4 Hansie Cronje

Wessel Johannes "Hansie" Cronje was a South African cricketer and captain of the South African national cricket team in the 1990s. On 7 April 2000, Delhi police revealed they had a recording of a conversation between Cronje and Sanjay Chawla, a representative of an Indian betting syndicate, suggesting that Cronje took bribes from bookmakers to provide information and fix cricket matches. He admitted to the charges but died in a plane crash prompting suspension of his prosecution.

Hansie Cronje






#3 Bob Hewitt

75 years old Australian-born former tennis champion Bob Hewitt is currently standing trial for rape and sexual assault of a Johannesburg woman. The woman told the Johannesburg High Court that Hewitt assaulted her during a private tennis lesson when she was a teenager in the early 1990s. In her words, she alleged that "At a private lesson, he was quite jovial ... we were discussing tactics, and he said to me: 'Rape is enjoyable in all cases and if I rape you, you need to lie down and enjoy it',". Hewitt won numerous majors during his career in the 1960s and 1970s and was named to the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1992.







#2 Ambrose Monye

Former Nigerian Olympian and underworld enforcer Ambrose Monye was sentenced to life in Prison together with an accomplice Andre Gouws for the murder of a Pretoria mum Channelle Hennings. Monye and Gouws hired former policeman Gerhardus (Doepie) du Plessis and Willem (Tattoo or Pike) Pieterse ‘hit’ Channelle Hennings after dropping her kid off at a crèche. It was learnt that Channelle Hennings’ estranged husband contracted Andre Gouws to get rid of his wife and Monye was paid R50,000.00 to get the killers to do the hit. Monye confessed to the crime before being sentenced.







#1 Oscar Pistorius

Celebrity South African Paralympian, Pistorius fatally shot his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, in his Pretoria home. He said he had mistaken Steenkamp for an intruder, but he was arrested and charged with murder. At his trial in 2014 he was found guilty of culpable homicide.In October 2014, Pistorius received a five-year prison sentence for culpable homicide after a lengthy trial that was relayed on televisions globally.








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