The Parow Regional Court has issued a warrant of arrest for a well-known soccer star in connection with a Goodwood rape case.
The case, which dates back to 2013, is being handled by officers of the Bellville Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences (FCS) Unit.
The case ruffled feathers last week when provincial police released a statement saying they were looking for soccer player Masibusane Zongo.
Responding to questions posed by TygerBurger, Bellville FCS commander, Captain Theo Coetzee, says the incident was reported at Goodwood Police Station.
He says the incident, involving an adult female, allegedly occurred in the Goodwood police precinct.
“The accused was arrested and appeared in court in 2013 and was released on bail.”
Coetzee explains Zongo failed to appear in court on four occasions and was rearrested each time.
The problem, however, is that each time he was rearrested, he was granted bail.
Coetzee says on 30 November, Zongo was expected to appear in the Parow Regional Court but did not arrive, and a warrant for his arrest was issued.
Police have been unable to find him since November.
Questioned about media reports that the case against Zongo has been dropped, Coetzee says this is not the case.
“No charges have been dropped and the victim still wants to continue with the matter.”
According to reports, Zongo was a player for various teams across the country and most recently signed a contract with Royal Eagles based in Pietermaritzburg.
Richard Makhoba, general manager of Royal Eagles, says they are dismayed that the club’s name “has been dragged into the case” since the release of the statement.
He confirms that Zongo currently has a contract with the club, but says he has “gone AWOL” and they have been unable to find him.
Makhoba says when the team arrived in Cape Town last year for a match, police stormed the club’s bus looking for Zongo. This, he says, traumatised the players.
“We cannot condone or comment on what he has allegedly done. He must have his time in court and let the court decide. We are not happy that the club has been dragged into this and we feel our name is being tarnished by what he did or allegedly did. It must be noted that he was not signed with us at the time of that incident.”
Asked whether the criminal case against Zongo would have an impact on his contract with the Royal Eagles, Makhoba says that as with any employee, there are processes that the club’s management need to follow.
Anyone with information that can lead to the arrest of Zongo is asked to call the investigating officer on 021 592 7092 or 082 522 1095.
“All information received will be treated as confidential,” says Rwexana.
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