The Township Rollers community has finally spoken about the team’s future; by electing a new executive committee and endorsing a commercialisation model at the weekend’s Annual General Meeting. The commercialisation model called the ‘hybrid’ allows the team to bring in an investor who will be leased the club for a period of time while paying the society some money. Despite tension among rival camps in days leading to the AGM, the proceedings went on peacefully.
Some within the Rollers camp are not happy and have distanced themselves from the AGM. They say it was not the society’s meeting but that of the Township Holdings Pty Ltd. These are the same people who took the club to court to challenge the procedure in which Rollers was commercialised in the first place. The spokesperson of the group that say they represent the society, Kenaleone Tshupelo, said they were not part of the meeting as they were not allowed to enter the hall. He said they could not enter the hall as they were using membership cards for Township Rollers FC while those which were used for entry were from Township Holdings.
Asked what the results of the weekend AGM mean to them Tshupelo said they are not worried by the outcome as it does not concern them. “What worries us is that the name of Township Rollers is being used for personal gains. We are going back to court to file for contempt of court application as clearly Township Holdings is going against the court’s orders,” said Tshupelo. The applicants were expected to meet their lawyers on Wednesday evening to map the way forward. The applicants believe that after the proceedings of the AGM which they termed unconstitutional they have a strong case to present.
“The lawyer had advised us not to lodge the application before the AGM so that we can find out if the court order will be followed and the team be handed back to the society. However this clearly did not happen during the weekend,” said Tshupelo. He pointed out that they have since had a meeting with The Registrar of Companies to sort for help on the matter.