Punch Masenamela is in hot water after allegedly being involved in faking his own kidnapping and demanding a R5 million ransom from his club, however there are contradictory stories emerging.
According to reports in the local media, it has been revealed that the Mamelodi Sundowns defender had not returned home after an away fixture, and when contacted by his wife had told her he had been kidnapped, but after swift action by the South African Police Services’ Hawks Division, Masenamela was found to be safe and secure in a hotel in Johannesburg, and that the kidnapping was a hoax.
Following further investigation by Soccer Laduma, we discovered there are conflicting reports, and a source at the club revealed that after travelling as part of the eighteen man squad to Durban for their match against Golden Arrows, Masenamela had not returned home, and when his wife contacted other players and found out they were already home, she tried to contact him.
Masenamela was allegedly cooped up in a hotel room with his mistress and supposedly made up the story that that he had been kidnapped to his wife, and had tried to have others at the club back his story.
Another source at the club told the Siya crew, "I can't say much now because the case is in the hands of the police and they together with the team are doing it together to find out what really happened."
Called for comment, Sundowns PRO Kabelo Mosito said that as a club they don't comment on players or officials' private matters.
"What I can say is that as a club it is not our duty to comment on the officials or players private matters, so there is no comment from the club," Mosito said.
Soccer Laduma spoke to the player’s representative, who said he was unable to get hold of the player at present, however confirmed that he would release a statement as soon as possible.
When contacted by Soccer Laduma, Hawks’ spokesman Paul Ramakolo said that no criminal case had been opened.
Soccer Laduma will continue to investigate this story closely and get to the bottom of it.