Jean Symes was found guilty in the Specialised Commercial Crimes Court in Pretoria this week for the part he played in the 2015-16 Ram Slam match-fixing scandal.
The former Lions batsman was prosecuted by the Hawks in terms of the Prevention and Combating of Corrupt Practices Act of 2004 and given a suspended sentence of four years.
He was the second of the seven players involved to be criminally charged, with the first being Gulam Bodi, who was sentenced to five years in prison in 2019 before being paroled in 2020.
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A source told Rapport newspaper that Symes’ prosecution suggests that criminal action in the match-fixing case is far from over.
Two other former players, Thami Tsolekile and Lonwabo Tsotsobe, played a more central role in the attempted match-fixing than Symes.
In a Ram Slam match against the Dolphins that season, the Lions appeared well on track for victory before their batsmen inexplicably dropped the run rate and fell short of their target.