Thursday, January 25, 2007

Presley Chweneyagae, the star of Oscar-winning South African film Tsotsi, has appeared in court in Pretoria to face a fraud charge

BBC News:

In the film, Chweneyagae plays a tsotsi (gangster), who heads a gang of armed robbers in a Johannesburg shanty town.

The 22-year-old actor was arrested on Tuesday for allegedly possessing a fake driving licence.

Police said he was arrested after applying to convert a forged Ivory Coast licence into a South African one.

Tsotsi, by South African director Gavin Hood, won the 2006 Oscar for best foreign language film.

Getting cast as Tsotsi was Chweneyagae's big break.

"I grew up in a township so I knew guys like Tsotsi," he said last year as the Oscar news was announced.

On Wednesday he appeared in Pretoria district court in a smart black suit, attracting cheers from a crowd of female fans, the Pretoria News reported.

The case was postponed until 27 February to allow Chweneyagae time to complete work abroad.

Hau! “Famous” New South African Movie Star Arrested for Fake Licence

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