It’s needless to argue that South Africa is the crime capital of the world, but what’s really up with this incident of an ex-Bafana Bafana player being arrested while cruising a suspected stolen car? According to reports, the ex-star was alone in the car at around 2pm last week Tuesday, driving in Orange Farm, south of Johannesburg when traffic officers arrested him. More to that, it was discovered by the police that the white VW Polo had a fake licence plate and a fake licence disc.
The police spokesperson, Captain Johannes Motsiri has reaffirmed that the ex-footballer was arrested by the metro police, and detained at the Orange Farm police station. Confirming the event, the Captain related that Steve Lekoelea “has been charged with fraud and possession of a suspected stolen vehicle,” and explained that fraud charge relates to the licence disc found on the car.
Meanwhile Iol reported that “the Star understands that the vehicle was reported stolen on November 2 last year.” As “it is registered under the name of a 28-year-old man from Bloemfontein…the owner was visiting in Randburg when his vehicle was stolen. The car had Free State number plates at the time of the theft. But when police arrested Lekoelea on Tuesday, they found that the car had now been fitted with Gauteng number plates.”
It’s however, still uncertain when Lekoelea will appear in court. The ex-star was about 16 years old when he debuted for Moroka Swallows – a South African football club based in Johannesburg, in 1994. He became the league’s youngest scorer at the age of 16 when he scored against Umtata Bush Bucks in 1995, and was playing under the name of Steve Motsiri then.
Lekoelea later played for the senior South Africa national football team where he helped win 10 Bafana Bafana caps. Aside Moroka Swallows, other football clubs he played for are Maritzburg United, Orlando Pirates and Platinum Stars.
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