Rollers ‘owners’ in court

SHARE   |   Sunday, 06 July 2014   |   By Othusitse Tlhobogang

A ruling on the case in which some Township Rollers supporters are challenging the manner in which the club was privatised is yet to be determined. On Friday High Court Judge Leatile Dambe, who presided over the matter, set September 5th, 2014 for the ruling on the case that has been going on for months now.

It all started in 2013 when Township Rollers Football Club partnered with Township Holdings Pty Ltd in an effort to commercialise the club to generate profits. The move, which saw Jagdish Shah, assume the running of the club rubbed some within Township Rollers family the wrong way and they sort court assistance.

The applicants are arguing that people who represented the society did not have the authority to take the decision to give the team away to private owners. As a result they are of a view that the then executive committee acted with ulterior motive. The applicants are challenging the changing of the status of the society into a company without proper consultation.

However the defence lawyer Kgosietsile Ngakayagae argued that it is not true that the Township Rollers Society was ever changed into a company. Ngakayagae explained that the society still exists and there is proof that the two are currently running parallel to each other and that the society is a shareholder in the company being Township Holdings Pty Ltd. Ngakayagae argued the very same people who dragged the matter to court are not even registered members of Township Rollers Football Club. According to him, the applicants know that their matter is based on wrong facts yet they are still persisting in going on with the court case. He said their case is based only on allegations that cannot be proved. As a result, he called on the court to dismiss the case with costs to the plaintiffs. The ruling however will be known in September.

The Rollers case has been dragging for over a year now and some are worried it may end up affecting the team’s performance. The team won the 2013/14 league title.