Soccer legend Marks Maponyane has been found guilty of assaulting his then wife, Sylvia Maponyane
The Tembisa Magistrate’s Court handed down the verdict on Friday.
The former Kaizer Chiefs star was fine R3 000 or six months imprisonment, according to the Sunday World.
He was fined a further R6 000 or 24 months imprisonment which was wholly suspended for 24 months.
The National Prosecuting Authority confirmed that Marks plead guilty to the charges, and was given a suspended sentence.
Sylvia opened an assault case against Marks in 2016 following an argument at their home over his alleged infidelity.
The altercation turned violent, with Marks allegedly hitting her in the face with a hanger.
Sylvia says it was not the first time he had struck her. She claims that Marks assaulted her several times over the past 20 years
“Marks got accustomed to assaulting me in the early stages of our marriage while still living with his parents at his parents’ home in Meadowlands, and when I asked for intervention from either his parents or my mother, I never received help,” the Sunday World quoted her as saying in an affidavit.
She says that she has opened cases in the past, but was “persuaded by the police and family to drop charges on the basis of my husband’s public status as a professional soccer player”.
Sylvia added that she decided to pursue the latest incident to finally get justice
She told the Sunday World that she felt numb following his conviction.
“The whole thing just makes me numb as I didn’t expect it to reach the stage it did. We have been together for 39 years and for the whole thing to just end like this really makes me feel numb. I have not even told the kids about this.”
Sylvia added that that Marks has not apologised to her.