Tsolekile banned for 12 years for match-fixing offences

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Former Test wicketkeeper Thami Tsolekile has been banned for 12 years by Cricket South Africa (CSA) for match-fixing offences.

Tsolekile, who has three Test caps for South Africa, is among four players to have been suspended by CSA for breaches of its anti-corruption code.

The CSA said the punishment was handed down to Tsolekile for "contriving to fix a match or matches in the 2015 RAM SLAM; failing to disclose to the CSA Anti-Corruption Officer the full details of an approach to engage in corrupt conduct; failing to disclose full details of matters evidencing a breach of the Code by another participant; and obstructing or delaying the investigation by destroying evidence that was relevant to the [CSA] investigation."

Bowlers Pumelela Matshikwe and Ethy Mbhalati each received 10-year bans, although three of the former's 10 years have been suspended, while all-rounder Jean Symes has been banned for seven years. 

Matshikwe and Mbhalati's suspensions were imposed for "receiving a payment or incentive to fix or contrive to influence improperly a match or matches in the 2015 RAM SLAM; making a payment which in the circumstances would bring the sport of cricket into disrepute; failing to disclose to the CSA Anti-Corruption officer a payment which they knew or ought to have known was given to them to procure a breach of the Code; failing to disclose details of an approach to engage in corrupt conduct and failing to disclose full details of matters evidencing a breach of the Code by another participant".

Symes ban came as a result of him "failing to disclose to the CSA Anti-Corruption Officer a payment which he knew or ought to have known was given to him to procure a breach of the Code; failing to disclose details of an approach to engage in corrupt conduct under the Code; failing to disclose full details of matters evidencing a breach of the Code by another participant; and failing to co-operate with the investigators by knowingly providing false information to them".

The CSA's investigation into match-fixing allegations in the RAM SLAM Twenty20 competition was made public last December, with former South Africa spinner Gulam Bodi receiving a 20-year ban in January following his admission that he contrived or attempted to fix games in the 2015 RAM SLAM.