NPS drop rape charges against Orlando Pirates striker Ayanda Nkosi
Posted: 14 August 2018 Time: 16:46
Orlando Pirates striker Ayanda Nkosi has been cleared of the rape allegations laid against him.
Nkosi, whose identity had been witheld, was charged with statutory rape following allegations reportedly from the mother of a young girl from Johannesburg South in June.
However, Pirates have since released a statement to confirm that the 25-year-old has since been cleared of the charges by the National Prosecution Service (NPS).
The statement reads: 'Ayanda Nkosi was relieved when he was informed earlier today that the state has 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.'
Nkosi further expressed delight at his name being cleared, while noting the club's pledge upon joining.
“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 a 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 told his club's website.
Nkosi has yet to make an appearance for The Buccaneers this season, and has manaded one goal in 12 appareances since his move from Free State Stars in July 2016.