July 20, 2024

Swallows Dismiss 22 Players After Disciplinary Hearing

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Swallows did not show up for their matches against Sundowns and Arrows due to the strike.

FILE PHOTO: The players were demanding their outstanding salaries. PICTURE: Gallo Images

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JOHANNESBURG: ”I find the employment relationship cannot be sustained and dismissal is the only appropriate sanction.”

The financially distressed DSTV Premiership club Moroka Swallows continues to make headlines off the field.

The Dube Birds, as they are affectionately known, have reportedly terminated contracts of 22 players who had gone on strike over unpaid salaries, veteran broadcaster Robert Marawa reported on Vuma FM on Friday, 19 January.

On his X account, formerly Twitter Marawa posted a document from the club that stated the reasons for the sanction following a virtual disciplinary hearing.

The document read, “After consideration of all the factors above, I find the employment relationship cannot be sustained and dismissal is the only appropriate sanction,” it further continued, “Generally, it is not acceptable to dismiss employees on first occasion of incident however some circumstances similar to the case warrant that a sanction of dismissal be militated herein even if the employees are the first transgressors.”

On his Marawa Sports Worldwide, #MSW, he read the names of the players whose contracts have been terminated.

They are:
• Daniel Akpeyi
• Thakasani Mbanjwa
• Buhle Thompson
• Bongani Sam
• Mthokozisi Shwabule
• Sipho Sibiya,
• Lantshene Phalane
• Ephraim Mangweni
• Tshediso Patjie
• Wandisile Letlabika
• Givemore Khupe
• Thandolwethu Ngwenya
• Wade Poole
• Siyabonga Khumalo
• Falakhe Tshanini
• Owethu Khumalo
• Strydom Wambi
• Rampa Mkhuseli
• Ntsako Makhubela
• Lindokuhle Mtshali
• Kwanda Mngonyama and
• Tlakusani Mthethwa

The alleged player strike caused a massive dent on the already strained finances of the Soweto club and cost them six points, which were donated to Mamelodi Sundowns and Golden Arrows with a 3-0 scoreline each.

In December 2023, Swallows did not show up for their matches against Sundowns and Arrows due to the strike. Weighing on the matter, the relegation-threatened Cape Town Spurs wrote a scathing letter to the Premier Soccer League (PSL) executive committee, calling for Swallows’ expulsion from the league.

The PSL Disciplinary Committee (DC), however, slapped the club with a whopping R1 million, with R600 000 suspended for 24 months provided that it is not found guilty of the same offence.

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