Orlando Pirates midfielder was reportedly arrested for firing a gunshot randomly while on the premises of a shopping centre in Sunninghill, north of Johannesburg.
According to The Sowetan, Thamsanqa Sangweni allegedly shot seven times with his 9mm gun before being apprehended by guards at the Core Shopping Centre and later handed over to police.
Sandton police spokesperson Granville Meyer confirmed the incident.
“I can confirm that a case of discharging a firearm in a municipal area was opened against the suspect.
“He was arrested on Monday, May 28, 2018, and released on police bail of R1 000.
“The date of his court appearance is unknown,” Meyer said.
The officer who arrested him indicated that the soccer player was in possession of his firearm licence at the time of the incident and that it was confiscated.
One of the officers who also responded to the incident said they rushed to the scene thinking it was a robbery.
“When we arrived, he was already cuffed by the guards because they said he was refusing to cooperate with them,” said the officer, who asked to not be named.
Pirates administrator Floyd Mbhele said he could not comment, as the player was on recess.