Orlando Pirates defender Phungwayo arrested for attempted murder

There has been no official word from Phungwayo's club, while Bucs administrative officer Floyd Mbele has stated that he was not aware of the incident

Orlando Pirates defender Patrick Phungwayo reportedly turned himself in to the police after seven days on the run.

The 29-year-old left-back is said to be facing charges of attempted murder and pointing a firearm at a man in Spruitview, east of Johannesburg.

It is believed that Phungwayo handed himself over at the Katlehong police station on Monday morning after being sought by the police for an incident.

Phungwayo, who missed Bucs' 0-0 PSL draw with Bloemfontein Celtic on Wednesday, and his brother, Phelelani, allegedly assaulted the man before pulling out a gun and shooting him on his ring finger.

When speaking to The Sowetan, Police spokesman Captain Mega Ndobe revealed that the former Bidvest Wits player arrived with his lawyer.

"A 29-year-old soccer player was arrested yesterday [Monday] at the Katlehong police station," Ndobe told the publication.

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"He was brought in by his lawyer after a case was opened against him for attempted murder and pointing of firearm," he concluded.

Phungwayo and his brother are said to have appeared at the Palm Ridge Magistrate's Court on Tuesday and were released on R2000 bail each.


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