ROYAL AM players are up in arms demanding their signing on fees from club boss Shauwn “MaMkhize” Mkhize.
According to the South African Players Union Safpu’s Deputy General Secretary Taelo Motloung, players were not paid their signing on fees that were due to them at the end of August.
Safpu have now written a letter of demand to Mkhize and failure to respond within ten days will force the Union to take the club to the Dispute Resolution Chamber.
To make matters worse players who are affected don’t want to train with the club until they are paid signing on fees owed to them.
Said Motloung: “There are signing on fees that were due to players on 31 August, but MaMKhize says she only knows that players are paid in November.
"We managed to get a spreadsheet from 2020 that shows that players were paid in November, but their contract say August, and this is because Max spoke to the players at the time saying their signing on fees will be delayed and they agreed.
"But MaMkhize doesn’t speak to the players, that’s why they don’t want to train.”
MaMkhize was allegedly due to address players affected on Monday or Tuesday in a bid to avoid boycott of training in preparation for their crucial DStv Premiership match against Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs at FNB Stadium on Saturday (5pm)
Explained Motloung: “They were due to address players yesterday (Monday) and by law they are wrong because contract say 31 August not November. We have also given them 10 days to respond, or we will take the matter to DRC.”
Royal AM General Manager Richard Makhoba said they have already sorted out the matter with players last Friday.
“We spoke to the players that they will receive their signing on fees at the end of November. We have a statement that shows that previously Max Tshabalala paid them in April and November. We also picked up that some contracts were fraudulent, and we went to investigate.
"We noticed that the font on the hard copy was different from what the players have. We have nothing to hide.”