Court orders SAFA to reinstate Rakoma

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The Polokwane High court Judge George Phatudi has ordered the SA Football Association to reinstate Abel Rakoma as the Chairperson of the Capricorn Region with immediate effect.

Rakoma alongside his REC structure were removed from office in 2019 by the national office citing dysfunctionality within the region under Rakoma’s leadership.

But the former NEC member challenged the decision in a case that has dragged on for over a year now.

“It was an unconstitutional removal from office of SAFA Capricorn region. I don’t want to dwell on the politics and the circumstances that led to that but I must actually emphasise that the removal of this particular leadership was uncalled for, not on the spirit of fair play or the spirit of nation building,” Rakoma told the media after the court sessions.

“That is the reason why we actually approached all internal channels of SAFA to deal with this matter before finally they led us to come to court by their own disobedience,” he said.

On whether there is an agenda on him by the powers-that-be, Rakoma had this to say:

“I think that is for people to judge, in terms of the outcome of the case today you will realise that when we speak about the abuse of power what are the implications thereof.”

Rakoma was accompanied by family members as well as some of the football officials from the Capricorn Region.

SAFA national office who were not present at court had put in a notice 2 days before the proceeding proposing for a postponement citing the current COVID-19 situation in the country but Judge Phatudi dismissed the application and case went on unopposed.

By Ofhani Munyai

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