Premier Soccer League (PSL) prosecutor Zola Majavu has maintained that there are no delaying tactics involved in the case against Kaizer Chiefs.
Chiefs have been charged by the PSL Disciplinary Committee for failing to attend two of their DStv Premiership matches in December.
They claimed at the time that they had serious cases of Covid-19 that prevented them from playing the games against Cape Town City and Golden Arrows. It is worth noting, however, that under a PSL rule signed by all clubs before the start of the season, no club can provide Covid-19-related reasons for delaying or canceling an official game.
The case has been postponed twice by the DC because Chiefs have also brought the case before Safa arbitration. It was postponed again on Friday.
“Like cases, there was a request for the case to be dropped in the PSL DC until after the determination of the arbitration scheduled for March 15-16,” Majavu said.
“It could very well be that the outcome of that trial signals the end of the case for the PSL DC, or in the event that the arbitrator rules against Kaizer Chiefs, it could pave the way for unimpeded continuation of the case that I will continue until it is completed.”
Majavu also explained what the trial will look like and assured the public that the matter will be resolved soon.
“For pragmatic purposes, the PSL DC has decided that the case will be adjourned to one of the consecutive days between March 28 and April 1, 2022. The exact dates will be determined by me as the prosecutor in consultation with my opposing party once the ruling of the arbitrator is come out.
“And of course to the extent that it has gone against Kaizer Chiefs. Conversely, if it has gone in favor of Kaizer Chiefs, that case may be the end of that case and this case will then be finally resolved as the arbitrator’s outcome is final and binding.
“However, if the case went to the PSL DC and the Kaizer Chiefs were found guilty, the case would hypothetically be sanctioned, where they would be sanctioned according to league regulations.
“From there, it remains up to them to pursue whatever appeals process is available to them. At this stage, we do not want to prejudge the outcome of either process. I was just explaining the process so you can understand the full value chain of our judiciary so there is no room for conspiracy theories.
“The matter will be given proper and appropriate attention in accordance with applicable regulations. It will not be delayed unnecessarily. I can assure you that this matter will somehow be finalized before the end of the current season. And therefore, the seamless reveal of the season will not be compromised as a result of this case.
“However, it is important that we respect the rights of those involved in this case and respect a fair trial. If we don’t, we could end up being infected with what should have been a fair and proper process that we can’t afford.
“I undertake to keep you informed of all developments as and when they occur. In the intervening period we ask for space to do what we are good at and for my part I will keep you informed every step of the way. Thank you for your understanding.”