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Moroka Swallows CEO Leon Prins is under threat

Posted: 6 December 2010 Time: 3:41 pm

Leon Prins' reign as Moroka Swallows CEO is under threat – if some of the Dube Birds' minority shareholders and supporters are to be believed. 

A group, which held a 'crisis meeting' in Soweto on Sunday, are threatening to boycott Swallows games until they see the back of Prins.    "What happened is that supporters had the same opinion with us shareholders that there is a crisis in the club and something needs to be done," Minority Shareholders chairman Charles Makhubu says.   Makhubu claims his group includes 490 supporters. However, no more than four of the so-called Minority Shareholders were present at the meeting. Also absent was prominent businessman and ANC politician, Tokyo Sexwale. The group had earlier announced that Sexwale would address the meeting.   The crisis meeting was convened by the Minority Shareholders to address "outstanding and pressing matters," but many Birds fans are unhappy with the rebel group, and accuse them of destabilising a club that has enough troubles already.   "They want to use us to fire Prins," says leading Swallows supporter Thomas 'Rasta' Mkhari, "but Prins is going nowhere!   "If they want to fire him they must not use us. We don't have a problem with him – they are the ones who have a problem with him."   Makhubu tells KickOff.com that the gathering expressed disappointment at the way Prins and his management were running the club and gave the minority shareholders seven days to get Leon Prins and his management out of the team, with assistance from the PSL, failing which there will be a legal battle. The seven days begin today.   _quote "Prins has shown that he does not have the ability to run the club," Makhubu says. "All he has done is divisive to the club. He is dividing the shareholders, the supporters and the staff and we cannot allow that to continue. Even his management is questionable and Swallows now owes over R20-million in unpaid taxes," Makhubu alleges.   Makhubu also accuses Prins of having no proper plans to develop the club into a formidable force in football.   "He keeps signing below-average players that will not take the club anywhere and we now need someone with fresh ideas to turn around the club. We need trophies, we need to win the League and for that to happen, we must have the right technical staff and players. Swallows are a big club, not a spaza shop or a club campaigning in the Vodacom or Smirnoff League."   Prins, meanwhile, remains unconcerned by the minority shareholders' posturing.   "First all of it was not a minor shareholders – it was only three or four shareholders [at the meeting]. I'm not interested on that, that's not a meeting of shareholders of Swallows," Prins says.   He adds that Makhubu "has no legal standing over Swallows".   "I'm not interested in what he says. He's only got 200 shares in Moroka Swallows. People can say whatever they want but that does not necessarily mean a thing. This is not relevant at all," Prins adds. 

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Previous comments on this story...

Swona Champ!
posted: 03:51 pm
what will hapen when they boycot games? think it will not make the team not to play, as long as the players and the match officials are there as well as the oposition team! the match will be played!
Super Green
posted: 03:52 pm
These minority clowns must leave our club they are after money...
crocodile
posted: 04:01 pm
I have a feeling that this Prince guy is the one who owns many shares at Swallows. He is the one who always came-up with Bock's stories. Now can someone tell me, what happened to the issue of Swallows being on sale?

Listen to what he says: "I'm not interested in what he says. He's only got 200 shares in Moroka Swallows", if it was true that he was an employee there he wasn't gonna say such things, knowing very well that those people owning 200 shares are his employers.

Prins is a Mafia, and he used our brothers and sisters to get to the top, and now he says they only own 200 shares.
Anonymous
posted: 04:02 pm
I thought they were more than welcome to give their shares to me if they really are disgusted at working with Prins. I think Prins might not be a good decision maker but I am sure he has got the club's best interests at heart. If they really are so tired of owning shares in that Team then let them come discuss with me. I am having 500 shares in Durban Bushbucks of which I can give all to them for their 200 Moroka swallows shares.
Anonymous
posted: 04:03 pm
lol tokyo sexwale didnt pitch up.....kikikikiiikiki these minority shareholders are dumb and all of them look broke!!!!......lol this is funy! Prins was 'given' seven days to vacate his position and they really believe he will?....this clowns must get a life!!!!...... Hehehehehe kickoff is sexwale a swear word????.... Se.xwale kikikikikikikiki.
Anonymous
posted: 04:08 pm
they must making noise.they did nothing 4 club before.
Anonymous
posted: 06:14 pm
The minority shareholders have a right to raise grievances but they must remember that we as supporters are concerned as well. There are clear intentions to turn things around at Swallows. Gordon has been appointed as coach and he is experienced, he will get good players indeed. Let the minority behave themselves. There is no need to destabilise the team at this stage. Swallows will rise up, the coach will perform.
Anonymous
posted: 07:55 pm
Minority share holders mustn't use us for fighting with Prins. They had a big chance to buy Swallows from Pine Chapedi but they couldn't affort it. At the moment ,Swallows is on sale.They must put an offer on the table and get an oppourtunity to run the club and stop making noise. Prins will always abuse his power bcos his company owns 90% shares at Moroka Swallows LTD.The only way to fire Prins ,just buy those shares finish and klaar.Birds by birth.
Uyeza
posted: 08:30 pm
Minority shareholders, I think you are the ones who do not want to see the team do well. We can all see that Prins is doind something to make sure that the team does well and yet you guys are making a mockery of the team. The only way to run the team is to buy it 100%. So please come to the party and stop all this nonsense.
Swona Champ!
posted: 07:53 am
the team was doing well until this minority share holder started making a big noise, Prince must run that team, if it was not for him the sponsors and the players they have, now a new coach, who I think will bring a winning spirit in the team, things will be better, Prince made one mistake that I think he has learned from, that is to fire that Brazilian coach!
Anonymous
posted: 10:32 am
This guy is insane, where he was when shares were sold to these white guys? We don't need people like him in this team he must go to hell! We as Swallows we are worried about the situation the team is in yet this guy is busy distabilising our team! This is not time for what he is talking about during this time we need be united as one. Hola maswaiswai hola!
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