Dolly buy­out bribe claim

The Herald (South Africa) - - FRONT PAGE - Tiyani Wa Ka Mabasa

PA­TRICE Mot­sepe has re­vealed that the Mamelodi Sun­downs board raised sus­pi­cions over the way mid­fielder Kea­gan Dolly’s buy­out clause was re­duced from £1.5-mil­lion (R25-mil­lion) to £733 000 (R10.5-mil­lion).

Mot­sepe said on Mon­day the board sus­pected that one of their own had ac­cepted a bribe to lower the buy­out clause.

“The first thing that arose on the Dolly is­sue was that some of the board mem­bers were say­ing‚ ‘No‚ the peo­ple who changed it‚ halved it‚ were given money’‚” Mot­sepe said.

He re­fused to men­tion whether the per­son re­spon­si­ble was still in the em­ploy of Sun­downs‚ but said he was con­vinced that it was a “gen­uine er­ror” and that the mat­ter was now wa­ter un­der the bridge.

Mot­sepe said he was will­ing to shoul­der re­spon­si­bil­ity as the con­tro­versy hap­pened un­der his watch as club boss.

“Who’s the most se­nior per­son at Sun­downs? Pa­trice Mot­sepe.

“Whether I know or don’t know‚ it hap­pened un­der my watch and that’s why I have to ac­count and ex­plain as best as I can.”

Sun­downs were pre­vi­ously caught in a sim­i­lar sit­u­a­tion when it was claimed that some club of­fi­cials forged former player Jose Tor­re­alba’s sig­na­ture on a con­tract about a decade ago.

Tor­re­alba won the case against Sun­downs in Oc­to­ber 2007 and as a re­sult‚ then ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Afzal Khan, was re­lieved of his du­ties.

Khan in­sisted that he did not forge Tor­re­alba’s sig­na­ture.

Mot­sepe ad­mit­ted that more needed to be done at his club to avoid con­fu­sion over con­tracts in fu­ture.

“There will now be pro­cesses in place where three peo­ple would be re­quired to do that.

“If one per­son misses it‚ the sec­ond one would pick it up.”



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