Chiefs take PSL to task
Chiefs take PSL to task

Posted in News on Aug 27, 2002.

Kaizer Chiefs will take the Premier Soccer League to task regarding news that the Crisis Centre was to close down and families of victims of Ellis Park stadium disaster would receive less than R5 000 in final payments.

The Star newspaper reported that the Ellis Park Relief Trust Fund managers announced a final payment of R3 000 on Tuesday, prompting a vow by some of the families to sue the league.

Club spokesperson Putco Mafani said Amakhosi were shocked to read that the Crisis Centre was to close down. “The PSL is getting out of hand,” said Mafani.

"How can they decide on such a crucial issue without involving all stakeholders? The Crisis Centre Committee comprise Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates, Ellis Park Stadium management, Safa, Government and the PSL and these people should have been consulted before the announcement.”

Mafani said the club would write a letter to the league to seek for clarity on the issue.

"The people who manage the centre are only there for perational purposes and nothing else.

"This is a very sensative matter and any decision regarding final payments and how we close the final chapter of the centre has to be decided at a higher level," Mafani said.

PSL acting chief Leepile Taunyane - who was also chairperson of the fund - said: "We've accomplished our mission to bring relief and support to families of the deceased and injured.

"You can reach a stage where you say it (the money) is not enough. This is a problem for us. Loss of life is not something you can replace by words or money," he added.

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