Orlando Pirates players win labour case against club

10 Aug 2016 14:10pm
WINDHOEK, 10 AUG (NAMPA) - Orlando Pirates Football Club has been ordered by the Office of the Labour Commissioner to pay eight players their outstanding salaries by 30 August 2016 following an arbitration hearing on 12 July 2016.
Arbitrator Christophina Namupala-Hamutele made the default judgement on Tuesday after Orlando Pirates failed to send a representative to the hearing.
The Namibia Football Players’ Union (NFPU) represented players Ronaldo Tsowaseb, Valton van Staden, Ivan Makina, Charles Uirab, Stanley Kamesepo, Marcello Horaseb, Riaan Hanamub and Christian Doeseb in the matter.
The judgement document made available to Nampa by the NFPU stated that Namupala-Hamutele made several attempts to contact Orlando Pirates owner Axab Auchamb to attend the hearing, and because he did not reply to any of the notices the labour commissioner decided to go ahead with the case.
NFPU Secretary-General Olsen Kahiriri told this agency after the judgement that the eight had worked for Orlando Pirates as players after signing employment contracts with the club.
A clause in their contracts states that the club will pay the players their salaries at the end of each month, which the responded failed to do for April, May and June 2016. The players are owed various amounts ranging from N.dollars 8 000 to N.dollars 19 500. All in all, Orlando Pirates have to make a payment of N.dollars 122 000 by the end of the month.
Kahiriri was happy with the outcome of the case.
“The judgement will now be taken over by our lawyers to compel Orlando Pirates to pay the players’ claims. This should be a lesson to all clubs in Namibia that the days of abusing players are coming to an end,” he said.
Speaking to Nampa on Tuesday, Auchamb said he does not know why he is being dragged into this case because he was not in charge of the club during the said period.
“I was never summoned to the hearing. Ali Akan was in charge of the club at that time. I spoke to him two weeks ago and he promised to pay the players. I will get the judgement and forward it to my lawyers,” he said.
On his part, former club chairperson Akan stuck by his earlier stance that he resigned in February this year, so he has nothing to do with Orlando Pirates.
“I do not know anything about the club. Auchamb does not know what he is talking about. My name is not on any Orlando Pirates documents, even the labour commissioner did not summon me,” Akan fumed.