Judgement on the SAFA v Rakoma matter set for Wednesday

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The South African Football Association (SAFA) will know by Wednesday, 22 September if their urgent application to stop Capricorn Region Chairperson Abel Rakoma from temporarily occupying office, is successful or not.

Rakoma and his disbanded Regional Executive Committee want to re-occupy their position as per the default court order issued on 26 March 2020.

The former NEC member, Rakoma, was removed from office in 2018 by the SAFA national office but successfully appealed the decision. But the football mother body also challenged the Polokwane High Court decision by Judge Phatudi and subsequently postponed to February 2021.

But while waiting for the rescission judgement set for 15 February, Rakoma and his group want the judgement on their reinstatement to stand.

Rakoma’s attorney Amos Vilakazi remains confident that his client will retain his position when the matter comes to an end.

“Well they (SAFA) could have made it shortly after the judgement of judge Phatudi was made on the 26th of March, they didn’t do that. They have now come to bring a very urgent one in September so we support that the matter should not have been made an urgent one.

“Say for an example tomorrow the judge decides that it stays the judgement that has already been given, there is still another court date. We are still coming back on the 15th of February next year and we are very confident that SAFA will not be able to turn around the judgement of Judge Phatudi,” said Vilakazi.

Meanwhile, SAFA’s legal representative Phetogo Molati is hoping Wednesday judgement will bring an end to the back and forth on the matter.

“We are definitely very impressed with the arguments tabled by our advocate, however we obviously don’t know what the outcome would be. But as SAFA we are confident that the arguments that we actually wanted to come through were actually tabled and on record.

“As a result we await the outcome and are hoping that the ongoing back and forth can end and we can all be able to wait for the proper arguments that is due for the 15th of February,” said Molati.

Judge J Muller is set to hand over the judgement at 09:30 on Wednesday at the Polokwane High court.

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By Ofhani Munyai

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