Notwane hearing adjourned

SHARE   |   Sunday, 19 July 2015   |   By Othusitse Tlhobogang
Notwane legal representative briefing the team's chairman and followers after the case Notwane legal representative briefing the team's chairman and followers after the case PIC: OMANG KILANO

For the second time Notwane Football Club hearing which is before the Botswana Football Association Disciplinary Committee has been moved to a later date. The hearing has now been adjourned to the 13th of August 2015. The adjournment comes after BFA DC ruled against the request of Botswana Premier League prosecutor Tshiamo Rantao to hold the hearing on camera.
Rantao had earlier requested that members of the public be barred from the hearing but the DC overruled this. Rantao said the DC is yet to give reasons on the ruling. “Notwane lawyers were also in agreement with this request but the DC ruled against me. They have not haven the reasons for this yet,” said Rantao.

Notwane FC is facing charges from BFA of misconduct for taking football matters to court despite BFA and FIFA constitutions prohibiting this. They took BFA to court in an attempt to stop the scheduled playoff decider against FC Satmos. The hearing is expected to deliver the team’s fate with many anticipating stern punishment as a way of setting example by the football association. Notwane face a possible suspension or expulsion from BFA activities.

While awaiting hearing on the matter Notwane dragged back to court caught for the second time to lodge an urgent application to have their appeal which they registered on 29 June heard as a matter of urgency. 

Meanwhile Notwane suffered yet another setback when High Court of Appeals dismissed their application. When dismissing the application Justice Isaac Lesetedi pointed that the July roll is already full and a possible time for the hearing could only be early August. Justice Isaac Lesetedi said for the court to grant the application it could lead to the disruption of both the be-MOBILE premier league and the 1st division. 

He argued that the process is going to take time and may not be concluded before the start of the new season. According to him, Notwane could have lodged their appeal immediately after the High Court ruling and not wait for a long time before doing so. Another factor which was advanced was the unavailability of those to make the bench due to the courts’ tight scheduled. As things stand Notwane are a 1st division team.