Former Proteas Cricketer becomes DJ after eight-year ban

2018-02-20 16:22

Johannesburg - Last year former Proteas and Highveld Lions cricketer Lonwabo Tsotsobe was handed an eight-year ban from the game due to several breaches of Cricket South Africa’s Anti-Corruption Code for Personnel.

This followed a lengthy investigation after another player, Gulam Bodi, had admitted to charges of contriving or attempting to fix matches in the 2015 domestic Ram Slam T20 Challenge.

Tsotsobe only admitted to one charge of contriving to fix a match in the tournament.

Since the ban, Tsotsobe has left Joburg and returned to his hometown, Port Elizabeth – and has turned to music for comfort. The former cricketer is now a DJ at pubs in and around Port Elizabeth. “People are shocked when they see me DJing at local pubs like KwaNgqoko in New Brighton and they think I am down and out but I am not,” Tsotsobe says.

He says some of the DJ work he does is free and music is a hobby. “I have always loved music. Even when I was still playing cricket professionally I bought myself DJing equipment and I would play at home and entertain my friends. Now I travel all over the country as DJ Tso,” he says.

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After being banned from the gentleman’s game, Tsotsobe says he went into a dark space and fell into depression but his family and music helped him to get out of the slump. “I was depressed and I asked myself many questions, not because was guilty but because I could no longer do what I love the most. I never even went on trial for me to say my side of the story. Anyway, it’s too late to turn back the wheel,” he says.

Along with the music Tsotsobe now owns a company that supplies oil, petrol, and diesel to petrol stations, farmers and mining companies. Hoping to one day get back into cricket, Tsotsobe says he looks forward to the future and not even an eight-year ban will get him down.

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