Thami Tsolekile lists accusations of accepting almost R1 million for match-fixing

File image: Thami Tsolekile.File image: Thami Tsolekile.

Former Proteas wicketkeeper-batsman Thami Tsolekile has detailed accusations of accepting R800,000-plus for match-fixing.

Tsolekile is currently serving a 12-year ban for involvement in match-fixing, which also included former Proteas batsman Gulam Bodi.

“Firstly, I apologise to my family, community, sponsors, cricketing world and – most importantly – to the public for being implicated in match-fixing,” Tsolekile told Marawa Sport Worldwide.

“But I think the people of South Africa deserve to know the truth and my story, which has been haunting me for the last five years. A lot of the guys have been barking. It’s now my time to bark.

“I’m here to speak the truth. The people of South Africa need to know the untold stories.

“I was very co-operative during the match-fixing investigation. They came to my house. They searched my house. I gave them my bank details. They took my phone. Even today, though, they don’t have any facts. They are clueless.

“I was told I took R400,000 at a casino in Johannesburg. I’ve been staying in Johannesburg for nine years. I’ve never been to the casino in Johannesburg.

“They claimed I took R75,000 at The Grand. The Grand has cameras everywhere. There were no signs that I took money there.

“I was accused of taking R300,000 at a garage in Durban. There are cameras all over the place there. There was no sign of that again.

“I was accused of taking R100,000 in Sandton. There was no sign of that.

“I will expose a lot of people, but not all of them. The investigation was not fair.”

Tsolekile accuses Frylinck and van Jaarsveld

Tsolekile also implicated Dolphins duo Robbie Frylinck and Vaughn van Jaarsveld in match-fixing.

“Gulam approached Vaughn at North West during the Africa T20 Cup. But Vaughn never disclosed anything,” added Tsolekile.

“When he was asked by lawyer David Becker and the investigation officers, he said he was approached. But the investigation team defended him because he was a white player.

“For the last five years, my financial earnings have been cut. Vaughn, for the last five years, has been earning a salary.

Frylinck was also involved in this. He did a game in the Champions League Twenty20, according to Bodi. But Frylinck, as an ex-Proteas player, he is still playing and I am not.”

Frylinck collected three T20Is in 2017 and 2018 – and remains contracted by the Dolphins. He was part of the Dolphins squad for the 2014 Champions League Twenty20 referenced by Tsolekile.

Van Jaarsveld played two ODIs and three T20Is in 2009 – and is currently involved with the KwaZulu-Natal provincial squads in a mentoring capacity.

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