South African Football Players’ Union (SAFPU) President, Thulaganyo Gaoshubelwe has confirmed that the Union has received complaints from Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila (TTM) players over unpaid salaries.
FARPost reported on Tuesday that the players at TTM refused to train, in solidarity with players who are either unpaid or were paid half of their salaries in November.
Speaking to this publication on Wednesday, Gaoshubelwe said the Union is aware of the situation and are in contact with the affected players.
“We are quite aware of what is happening there, I can confirm to you that we have been talking to the (affected) players,” said Gaoshubelwe.
“We have also received a call from the Chairman of the club (Masala Mulaudzi) yesterday to talk on the same issue. What we have not done is to go and meet with the players because you see what you are asking is a fundamental issue and it’s the basis of the existence of a relationship between the club and the player, which is contractual.
“Of course we are not going to tell you the names of the players at this particular point, but I can confirm to you that yes, we are in contact with them. There are those who say they have not received all their money, so we need to sit down with them and get to understand to what extent is this issue,” he said.
“But importantly for us, what we need to do is to ensure that the players receive what they need to receive. The players respect their contracts as we will advise them to, but equally if the club is found to be on the wrong side of the law, must do right and remedy the situation as well.
“We have no reason surely to doubt what the players are saying but we want to get that in person and be able to map a way forward and see how best we can deal with that. In our discussion with the Chairman (Masala Mulaudzi) yesterday, we indicated also to him that we will meet with the players so that we have a discussion and understanding, because for us our responsibility is to defend and protect the rights of the players,” he added.
“We also believe that all of us we need to work towards building proper football and there can never be proper football when other stakeholders are not taken care of, especially what we consider to be the most important stakeholder. Because you work your socks off and come month end you would expect to get your money,” said Gaoshubelwe.
TTM are set to play ABC Motsepe League side Munaca FC in a friendly match on Wednesday and a meeting between the players and Management is expected to follow thereafter.
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