The banning of the four players follows investigations and the previous imposition by CSA in January 2016 of a 20-year ban on Gulam Bodi, former Proteas, Lions and Titans player, after he had admitted charges of contriving or attempting to fix matches in the 2015 RAM SLAM T20 Challenge Series.
Tsolekile, the former Proteas wicketkeeper and former Lions captain, received a 12-year ban for "contriving to fix a match or matches" in the 2015 Twenty20 domestic competition.
Pumelela Matshikwe, Ethy Mbhalati and Jean Symes were also sanctioned for accepting money from ex-international Goolam Bodi who was banned for 20 years in January for attempting to fix matches in the Twenty20 tournament.
Matshikwe and Mbhalati were banned for 10 years for receiving payments, although three years of Mbhalati's sentence were suspended or receiving a payment or incentive to fix or contrive to influence improperly a match or matches in the 2015 RAM SLAM.
The CSA investigation was led by independent attorney and former International Cricket Council (ICC) head of legal, David Becker, and former police colonel and current head of CSA’s anti-corruption unit, Louis Cole.
The four players have accepted the bans which came into effect on 1st August 2016.
The ban in terms of CSA’s anti-corruption code prevents the players from participating in, or being involved in any capacity in, any international or domestic match or any other kind of function, event or activity (other than authorised anti-corruption education or rehabilitation programmes) that is authorised, organised, sanctioned, recognised or supported in any way by CSA, the ICC, a National Cricket Federation or any member of a National Cricket Federation.
Since the investigation is not complete, neither CSA nor the ICC will make any further comment in respect of the matter.
Haroon Lorgat, CSA chief executive said: “It is our stated position that any form of corruption in the game will be dealt with severely. We will leave no stone unturned and we will do everything in our power to protect the integrity of the game. Corruption is a very serious matter and for this reason we have devoted extensive time and resources to fully investigate every shred of evidence. We are still finalising certain aspects of the investigation.
“Whilst there has been no evidence to suggest that an actual fix in any match was carried out, these players all participated in material discussions about match fixing. In fact, they all went further and accepted, or agreed to accept in the future, sums of money which they knew or ought to have known was given to them to procure a breach of the code, or bring the game into disrepute.
“Our attitude towards any form of corruption is clear and hence why we have imposed the firm sanctions. To their credit, all of these players eventually admitted their misconduct and co-operated with the investigators. They have also shown remorse for their actions. Importantly, each of them has indicated a willingness to engage in anti-corruption education to assist us to prevent this kind of conduct in the future.”
Pumi Matshikwe said: “I would like to apologise to my family, friends, the public who are fans of the game of cricket, my team mates, Gauteng cricket, Lions cricket and especially to CSA for my actions. I feel ashamed and I deeply regret being involved. I understand that I have to take responsibility and I accept the punishment that CSA has imposed on me. I am truly sorry.”
Ethy Mbalati said: “I would like to extend my sincere apology to both CSA as well as the public for my involvement in this. I made a bad mistake which I will regret for a very long time. I would like to do all I can to prevent other players finding themselves in the difficult situation I now find myself in.”
Jean Symes said: “I deeply regret that at the end of my career, a career that I have devoted to the sport of cricket, my clubs, teams and fellow players, I have conducted myself in a manner that amounts to a contravention of the ethical code of conduct of Cricket South Africa. In hindsight, I would have conducted myself differently. I regret any hurt or inconvenience that I have caused my team, my fellow players, my family and friends and specifically Cricket South Africa.”