Limpopo Arts and Culture MEC Thandi Moraka’s spokesperson Lucky Tshilimandila has admitted that Banyana Banyana star Lebogang Ramalepe is yet to receive her prize money for the 2019 Limpopo Provincial Sports Awards claiming that there was a mix up with account numbers.
Tshilimandila also revealed that Banyana stalwart Noko Matlou received her prize money despite the player declaring she didn’t.
“Lebogang Ramalepe is the only one who was not paid following our investigations,” said the MEC’s spokesperson Tshilimandila on SAFM [Sport on with Thabiso Mosia] on Wednesday.
When she [Ramalepe] was talking to me, then I started to realise that this issue has been too long because Absa should have paid because they were sponsoring. I went to Absa myself and then I sat with the management of Absa to say but what is it really happening why is this recipient not been paid, they started with Noko and they said Noko we’ve paid,” added Tshilimandila.
@Banyana_Banyana duo of @Nokomatlou11 and @LRamalepe2 speak out about the wait for their prize monies from @DSACLIMPOPO 2019 Sports Awards. The ceremony was in October last year and they were each awarded the MEC’s Excellence awards worth R20k each. @SABC_INFO_HUB @SPORTATSABC pic.twitter.com/Sv1eBCDh80
— Lethabo Kganyago (@ngwanamogoto) March 18, 2020
The 2019 Limpopo Provincial Sports Awards were held early in October 2019 and the Banyana duo were among the recipients of the MEC’s Excellence Awards but five months later, Ramalepe is still waiting for her winner’s prize money.
“With the issue of Lebogang Ramalepe, she’s the only one who was not paid, however on the 13th of December 2019 Absa made a payment to a certain Ramalepe, there was a mix with the names,” claimed Tshilimandila.
“But we started with our investigations to say what could have happened, why was the wrong account given to Absa…and we are still in the process of this investigations as the department when it comes to Lebo, we are taking full responsibility to say we sent the wrong account to Absa.
“She’s going to be paid, we have communicated with her, she’s going to be paid on the first week of April,” promised Tshilimandila.
Moraka’s spokesperson insisted that Matlou, who is a former African Woman Footballer of the Year with over 150 caps for Banyana received for prize.
“When we were there at the bank, they called her [Matlou] asking if there was any payment of R20, 000 that came into her account on the 13th of December 2019 she said she cannot recall then they asked for her statement and she promised to send the statement on the day but she didn’t,” he said.
“But ultimately, she [Matlou] sent her statement then we went through the statement and there was R20, 000 in her account and then she said she thought the money was coming from SAFA but then that was coming from Absa.”
Matlou and Ramalepe have represented South Africa at various African Women’s Championships including two Olympic Games and the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019 in France.
Ramalepe who plays as a left-back recently captained Banyana for the first time when they played against Lesotho in an international friendly in Tsakane.
By FARPost Reporter