Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Court dismisses Okaile’s Affidavit

On Monday Dutch Leburu of Monthe, Marumo and company law firm successfully won an urgent application they put before courts which sort to nullify acting premier league chairman, Rapula Okaile’s affidavit.

At court, Leburu argued that there was need for minutes and agenda of the meetings to be provided to ascertain whether a resolution was taken to endorse the premier league board decision to suspend the premier league CEO. He also expressed doubt about Okaile’s authority to act for or on behalf of BFA. “We want to know where Okaile took those powers to do that,” said Leburu. 

The applicant argued that the emergency BFA national executive Committee meeting which took place on April 6th never endorsed the premier league decision as required by the law. More so, the BFA NEC meeting of April 22nd failed to endorse the premier league decision to suspend Mamelodi or for the premier league to take disciplinary action against the CEO hence the decision by Mamelodi and his lawyer to approach the courts.

The powers of the BFA president to delegate Okaile to act on behalf of the BFA were also questioned as there was never a resolution taken by the NEC to delegate Okaile to act on behalf of the BFA. 

Mpho Gaobakwe of Salbany and Torto Attorneys, legal representative of BFA said, “the issue is very technical, it questioned the authority of both Okaile and Sebego.”

On the other hand Leburu who was representing Mamelodi said, “we are happy it went well. The application has served its purpose. The affidavits brought before the courts were illegitimate documents hence we wanted the court to intervene and set them aside.”

Mamelodi’s case of suspension is expected to be heard on August 23rd.

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