South Africa news January 14, 2016

Former SA cricketer Bodi charged under CSA's anti-corruption code

Gulam Bodi has been charged with "contriving to fix" matches during the 2015 Ram Slam T20 Challenge series © AFP

Gulam Bodi, the left-hand batsman who played two ODIs and a T20I for South Africa, has been charged under CSA's anti-corruption code for "contriving to fix, or otherwise improperly influence aspects of the 2015 Ram Slam T20 Challenge Series." Bodi has been suspended from all cricket activity, and is currently co-operating with Anti-Corruption officials.

In a statement, CSA explained their current position. "Following our investigations and due process, we have reached a point where we can confirm that Mr Bodi is the intermediary who was charged by CSA in early December 2015 under the CSA Anti-Corruption Code," Haroon Lorgat, CSA's chief executive, said.

Once CSA's investigation is complete, they could take their findings to the police, who can lay further charges. "We are aware that there is an investigation going on but we have not received anything," Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi, the spokesperson for the directorate for priority crime investigations, told ESPNcricinfo.

If the police joins the investigation, the case will be handled by the Hawks, a specialised unit which works on organised crime and corruption. South Africa has legislation to deal with crimes such as match-fixing. As per the Prevention and Combating of Corrupt Activities Law, corruption in sport is dealt with under the so-called Hansie-clause. The penalties include a fine and imprisonment, with a maximum punishment of a life sentence if the case is heard in a High Court.

Bodi last played franchise cricket in January 2015 and was not in the Lions' squad for the Ram Slam competition. He was an occasional commentator on domestic cricket on pay-channel SuperSport.

CSA had issued a statement on November 6, warning players to "be alert" after they received information that an international syndicate was attempting to "corrupt domestic cricket." At that time, CSA's Anti-Corruption and Security Unit launched an investigation assisted by the ICC, which CSA said "could involve the South African Police Services."

By December, CSA suspended Bodi, though they did not name him, and charged him on two counts. The first involved match-fixing, and the second involved failing or refusing to co-operate with an investigation carried out by the designated anti-corruption officials.

When contacted by Netwerk 24 on Wednesday, Bodi simply said: "Absolutely no comment". He was unreachable for comment on Thursday. A legal case is also being prepared against several other players for failing to report corrupt activity.

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent