Two persons have been arrested by the police in South Africa, over the murder of former football player, Lucky Maselesele.
The 41-year-old ex-Kaizer Chiefs, Maritzburg United and Black Leopards midfielder was allegedly beaten to death by community members, after being accused of stealing electrical cables.
Lieutenant-Colonel Mavela Masondo, police spokesperson, who confirmed the incident on October 16, said police received a complaint of community members assaulting an unknown man on Wednesday night.
“When the police approached, the group ran away, and the police managed to apprehend two suspects”, Masondo said.
“It is alleged that the deceased was accused by the community of stealing electrical cables in the area. He was certified dead on the scene by the paramedics”.
Masondo stated that both suspects have been charged with murder, and one of them has since appeared in the Alexandra Magistrate’s Court.
The matter was postponed for a formal bail application.
“Police are still continuing with the investigation,” he added.
Maselesele, who played for Kaizer Chiefs between 1998 and 2004 having come through its youth ranks, was known for his dribbling skills and high work rate.
He was capped once at international level.
After moving to Maritzburg United, his career spiralled downwards after being banned for testing positive for cocaine.
In 2009, a newspaper, The Witness, reported that the midfielder received a two-year ban from the South African Football Association’s disciplinary committee.
Meanwhile, Kaizer Chiefs, in a statement issued on Sunday, conveyed their condolences to his family.
“Kaizer Chiefs is saddened by the news of the passing of one of South Africa’s talented footballers, Lucky Maselesele,” the statement reads.