Gulam Bodi has begged for forgiveness after he was criminally convicted of match-fixing.
Bodi was found guilty of being the middleman between bookmakers and domestic players during the 2015 Ram Slam T20 competition. It was revealed that Bodi offered players incentives for controlling certain outcomes.
Six players – Ethy Mbhalati, Alviro Petersen, Thami Tsolekile, Jean Symes, Lonwabo Tsotsobe and Pume Matshikwe – were involved in the scandal and have received suspensions.
Bodi’s case has been postponed until 2019 as investigations continue by the prosecutors as they aim to find a worthy sentence.
As stated on Netwerk24, Bodi pleaded guilty to eight charges of corruption and begged for forgiveness in the Pretoria Commercial Crimes Court on Friday.
‘The accused pleads to the mercy of the court. He fully understands the seriousness of his offences and begs the state for forgiveness,’ Netwerk24 quoted from Bodi’s written statement.
Reports suggest that Bodi could face jail time and is the first South African sportsman to be convicted for match-fixing.