#FARPost can exclusively reveal that Bidvest Wits are at loggerheads with some of the club’s players.
While the club has been sold to Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila, there are outstanding salary issues with the previous management that was led by chairman, Alan Fainman.
A number of players from Wits have already moved to other clubs like Thulani Hlatshwayo and Deon Hotto, who are both at Orlando Pirates, while Gift Motupa, Ricardo Goss and Haashim Domingo have all joined Mamelodi Sundowns.
But there’s no happy ending here as Wits players allege they haven’t received their full salaries for September despite an agreement that was signed by the management and players early in August.
The management did well to stick to the agreement to pay salaries before the agreed date of September 28, but some players are living with the reality of not having paid every cent. “That’s the real problem. Fine they paid the salaries but why not in full for everyone?” said the source.
FARPost has the document in its possession and it states in no uncertain terms that the players were due their full salaries for September.
“Some received their full salaries, but others didn’t,” revealed the source.
“The players have been advised to take the matter to the (PSL) Dispute Resolution Chamber and as much as TTM (Tshakhuma) were not party to this agreement, the reality is they bought the club and one of the guarantees you give when purchasing the status is that you honour the players’ contracts. So they may be dragged into this,” added the source.
FARPost contacted Fainman to give Wits’ side of the story and, needless to say, he wasn’t too pleased to receive the call.
“You can’t be calling me… It’s a Jewish holiday. If you want to speak about the club, contact (Chief Operations Officer) Jonathan Schloss,” said Fainmann.
Schloss, in turn, couldn’t be reached for a comment.
By Tiyani wa ka Mabasa