Ayanda Nkosi

Photo: Orlando Pirates

Orlando Pirates striker Ayanda Nkosi cleared of rape charges

Charges against the player were dropped by the National Prosecuting Services.

Ayanda Nkosi

Photo: Orlando Pirates

Orlando Pirates striker Ayanda Nkosi has been cleared of rape charges that were laid against him in June.

This was after a Johannesburg mother alleged that the 25-year-old had raped her underage daughter.

On Tuesday, Pirates issued out a statement that the charges against Nkosi – who’s identity had previously been withheld – have been dropped by the National Prosecuting Services.

“Ayanda Nkosi was relieved when he was informed earlier today that the state had dropped the rape charge against him.

“Mr. Nkosi was informed via a letter from the National Prosecutions Services that after careful consideration of the docket, it could not be proven beyond reasonable doubt that Mr Nkosi had committed this heinous act.”

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Ayanda Nkosi, who has been with the club since 2016 also commented on the matter;

“I would like to refer to the Club’s pledge which has stayed with me since my induction at the Club, that violence against women and children is like waging war on ourselves as a nation, and we must speak out against it and be exemplary through our deeds and serve as role models. I am happy that my name has been cleared.”

Nkosi has hardly featured for the first team at the Buccaneers since making the move from Free State Stars more than two years ago.

He has made just 12 appearances in all competitions, made just one start last season and is yet to feature in the current campaign.

Pirates are currently fifth on the log with four points from two matches. Their next fixture is against Bidvest Wits at Orlando Stadium on Wednesday night.

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