Thursday, March 4, 2021

Rollers supporters tell Gobuiwang and Shah to ‘pack and go’

Irate Township Rollers supporters have given the party’s financier Jagdish Shah and long time top man Somerset Gobuiwang their marching orders, further threatening them with court action if they fail to comply. A section of Rollers fans have written a letter to Township Holdings and its co-Directors, Gobuiwang and Shah instructing them to leave the club within seven days.

In a letter sent through their lawyers Serole and Partners, dated 10th December, the disgruntled supporters, led by among others Allen Compton, Mookodi Seisa, Ernest Kgaboesele and Mazola Obonetse demanded that Gobuiwang, Shah and Township Holdings should handover the team back to the society. 

“We have been instructed to demand, as we hereby do, that you within a period of seven days from date of receipt of this letter, handover, release all documentation, transactions, financials, assets including merchandise and sponsorship funds of Township Rollers Football Club to the current interim Executive Committee duly represented by Walter Kgabung and David Mmui. Failure to that we shall be left with no option but to approach court for competent orders,” reads the letter.

The supporters, who led the legal proceedings that culminated with the ruling that it was unconstitutional for Township Holdings to be running the team, further said the continued involvement of Gobuiwang, Shah and Township Holdings in running the affairs of Rollers FC is in contempt of court. 

“We are instructed that you, Mr Shah and Mr Gobuiwang being the controlling minds of Township Holdings have despite the knowledge of the existence of Justice Dambe’s order continued to be in control, dealing, managing and directing the affairs, transactions and dealings of Township Rollers, the society,” the letter reads. 

They added that despite numerous requests, Shah and Gobuiwang have deliberately without any lawful excuse refused to hand over to the interim Executive Committee.

“Instead, Mr Shah has threatened that once the team is handed over to the executive committee he will with immediate effect through Township Holdings PTY LTD halt the players’ salaries. Though that could be a fact, he is reminded of privity of contract. Consequent to the above, it is not in doubt that your conduct is unlawful and therefore contemptuous of Her Lordships order and the punishment available for failure to obey Court orders is imprisonment,” the letter reads.  

Reached for comment, Township Rollers Public Relations Officer (PRO) said he was not privy to the latest developments. He referred Sunday Standard to Rollers FC co-Chairperson David Mmui, who also said he did not know anything. Attempts to get comments from Rollers’ Secretary General Khumoyame Masonya as well as Township Holdings’ shareholder Gobuiwang proved futile as both their phones rang unanswered. 

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