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Thu Apr 24 08:57:30 SAST 2014

Pitso case to be heard next June

NICK SAID | 07 November, 2012 17:050 Comments
2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifier: South Africa v Ethiopia
Bafana coach Pitso Mosimane looks dejected during the World Cup qualifier between South Africa and Ethiopia at Royal Bafokeng Stadium on June 03, 2012 in Rustenburg, South Africa
Image by: Lefty Shivambu / Gallo Images

THE dispute between the South African Football Association and former Bafana Bafana coach Pitso Mosimane is likely to be heard only in June next year.

Mosimane wants R10- million from the association after being axed from the national team job in June this year, but Safa is reportedly offering half of that.

The matter was due to be heard by the CCMA, but Safa has objected, claiming the magnitude of the case means it should be heard in the Johannesburg Labour Court.

 That is likely to now only take place in the middle of next year and Mosimane’s attorney, Rod Harper, says they have also written letters of complaint to the Department of Labour.

“Safa have not paid Mr Mosimane his leave pay yet and so we have written to the Department of Labour about this because they are not complying with the Basic Conditions of Employment Act. It is disgraceful the way he has been treated,” Harper said Wednesday.

Mosimane was fired under what he claims are unfair circumstances following the 1-1 draw with Ethiopia in a 2014 World Cup qualifier on June 3.

His failure to qualify the national side for the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations in farcical circumstances had placed him under pressure and he failed to win any of his next five internationals in charge.

He has since been replaced by Gordon Igesund, who has managed wins against Mozambique and away in Kenya, to go with defeats to Brazil and Poland.

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