Court battle between SAFA and Rakoma drags on

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The court battle between the South African Football Association (SAFA) and former NEC member Abel Rakoma is far from over.

This is after the case was postponed to 15 February 2021 by the Polokwane High Court on Thursday.

SAFA are appealing a decision taken by Judge George Phatudi on March 26 to reinstate Rakoma to his position as Chairperson of the Capricorn Region with immediate effect.

Rakoma and his executive committee were removed from office in 2019 by the national office, citing dysfunctionality within the region under his leadership.

“Unfortunately, SAFA’s legal representatives placed this matter on a wrong court roll, the court we were in (on Thursday) is a court that hears matters that are not opposed,” Rakoma’s attorney Amos Vilakazi explained to the media outside the Polokwane High Court.

“The status quo remains, my client has been reinstated. There maybe issues within SAFA that they feel that the reinstatement of my client was wrong but they are officially supposed to be in office until such time as the order of the court has been withdrawn. So the status quo remains,” he said.

But SAFA’s legal representative Phetogo Molati says as things stands, the current REC should be the ones to occupy the office and not Rakoma.

“We cannot obviously speak on the merits of the case because it’s Sub judice and there is a process that must still unfold before the court.

“But the elected committee that is elected will continue to develop the football as they were elected.    As we speak all the documents from SAFA are before court as to why we want the decision that was made on the 26th of March to be set aside,” said Molati.

Rakoma was once a close ally of current SAFA President Danny Jordaan until 2018 when Rakoma was against Jordaan’s re-election as President.

Once a SAFA national executive member, Rakoma served for 9 years as the Leader of the Region and is an influential figure in football politics in the Limpopo province.

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By Ofhani Munyai

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