Ex-Chiefs star threatens legal action

Premiership

Former Kaizer Chiefs defender David Kannemeyer is threatening legal action against Nova Nacional FC for nullifying his contract as head coach.

Kannemeyer's lawyer Bryan Plaatjies is considering taking the Western Cape SAB League side to court for terminating the monthly salary of the head coach due to the ongoing suspension of football.

While professional PSL clubs such as AmaZulu and Cape Umoya United have decided to cut players' salaries, semi-pro Nacional have had to retrench all staff members due to financial constraints for the owners' business.

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Milnerton-based Nova Nacional is backed by Novangol International CC, which runs exports into Angola.

"David contacted me to say the owner of that club, she just abruptly sent him an email to say due to the coronavirus pandemic, the contract has been nullified," Plaatjies tells KickOff.com.

"This is the wording she used in their WhatsApp group and that there won't be any payment for everyone. No meetings were called or anything.

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"I'm an attorney in Pretoria so I said okay, because I know him when he used to play for Mamelodi Sundowns, I know him personally. So I said 'okay, I will see what I can do for you'. So I sent a letter of demand to the club owner, basically claiming the outstanding four months' salary that is still due to him.

"Because according to her, there are no contracts, and I mean the law doesn't work like that, you understand? You can't say because of coronavirus suddenly you don't have a contract with somebody anymore.

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"I believe he is one of three people, but I can't speak on behalf of the others that have similar type of contracts, I can only speak on behalf of David Kannemeyer himself.

"So I sent them a letter of demand, in which I have stated the fact that she is in breach of contract. She later WhatsApped, she was referring to this pandemic as the legal term that we normally use to say it's sort of a 'force majeure'.

"There's no force majeure here, there's no force majeure in the contract with David. She is actually in breach, so therefore I'm demanding four months of his salaries.

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"His contract was supposed to only terminate the end of August this year. It was a one-year contract. From 1 July last year until 31st August this year. I know there's other local papers that side that will be running something on this.

"I've given them [the club] until 8th of May. If they don't respond then it is up to Kannemeyer whether he wants to give me instructions to issue a summons against the club."

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When contacted for her side of the story, the club's chairlady Ana Barrote-Rightford promised to call back but never did.

"Sorry, I still can't talk to you at the moment," Barrote-Rightford said. "I'm extremely busy at the moment, I will phone you. Thanks hey."

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