More lies and deceit at the SWD Rugby union resulted in a game having to be ‘postponed’ because of a player strike for the first time in South African Rugby History.
RuggaWorld reported a couple of weeks ago on the sorry state of affairs at the union which has seen the players being held ransom for months now with salary disputes and non-payment thanks in large to SWD’s recent sponsorship and ownership deal with Bunker Capital.
At the center of the controversy is suspended SWD president, Stag Cronje who himself has been accused of acting more in favour of Bunker Capital, than SWD rugby.
The problems have been compounded with Cronje challenging his suspension in court, which has left everything hanging in the air until the matter is resolved.
The players at SWD has had enough though.
Intervention from SARPA seems to have amounted to very little, where last we heard they would approach the CCMA to resolve the player-pay dispute and contract issues with players.
The latest crisis comes amidst reports that the players’ contract insurance, and medical insurance has not been paid, leaving them at risk of losing their contracts and months of pay should they get injured in training or a match.
The fees have apparently been deducted from the player’s salaries, but never paid over to the relevant accounts or funds to cover for these insurances.
Where the players before were undecided whether to carry on or strike against the union, the latest developments saw them unite as one and inform the union that they would not take the field in a match that was supposed to be played this weekend past Saturday until the issue is resolved.
Worst of all, the game was against an Argentine invitational team that is taking part in the Vodacom Cup competition.
The match was officially ‘postponed’, but for the first time in history a game had to be called off because players refused to take the field.
One just wonders how long these embarrassing issues from the union will be allowed to continue before real action is taken against the administrators?