Kaizer Chiefs Football Club is a South African football club based in Johannesburg that plays in the Premier Soccer League. The team is nicknamed Amakhosi, which means “Lords” or “chiefs” in Zulu, and the “Phefeni Glamour Boys”

The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) has confirmed that Kaizer Chiefs all-time top goalscorer  has been found guilty of assaulting his wife.

He had admitted to the abuse.

The NPA’s Phindi Mjonondwana said;

“It proves that all are equal before the law. So, irrespective of his social standing in the society, he has been found guilty of an offence and was sentenced accordingly.

”He was found guilty of assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm.”

Marks Maponyane joined Chiefs when he was 19 and started off by earning R600 a month.

He scored on debut on 12 April 1981 against Leceister City in Eldorardo. He is the only player to win Footballer of the Year three times, he won the award in 1984 and 1987 with Chiefs.

He captained the club from 1985 to 1988. He is Kaizer Chiefs all-time top goalscorer with 85 goals.

He is also known by his nickname “Go Man Go

Maponyane was found guilty of assaulting his then wife Sylvia Maponyane by the Tembisa Magistrate’s Court on Friday.

The SABC Sports commentator was fined R3000 or six months imprisonment and a further R6000 or 24 months imprisonment which was wholly suspended for 24 months.

“He pleaded guilty to assaulting his wife and was found guilty and given a suspended sentence,” she said.

Mjonondwana said the sentence would serve as a deterrent to would-be wife beaters and also send a strong message to society that such behaviour is punishable by law.

“It is also a victory for all the women in the country, anyone who perpetuates violence against women will incur the full wrath of the law irrespective of their social standing in society. We want to thank the police, the prosecutor and the magistrate who worked on the case for the sterling work they have done,” she said.

Sylvia said she felt numb about her ex-husband’s 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,” she said.

She said although Maponyane pleaded guilty to assaulting her, he didn’t apologise to her after the court proceedings.

Sylvia opened a case of assault last year after he assaulted her in one of their domestic violence incidents at their marital home in Midstream Estate near Centurion.

She said they were arguing about Maponyane’s alleged infidelity in their bedroom when he lost his cool and hit her in the face with a hanger.