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Why Chiefs Suspending Bobby Was Just A ‘Precautionary’ Measure… For Now

Kaizer Chiefs confirmed this afternoon that they’ve suspended their Football Manager Bobby Motaung and a sports law attorney has explained to the Siya crew why it is just a precautionary measure for now.

There has been a number of videos circulating on social media which involves the Amakhosi Football Manager partaking in festivities during what seems like the current nationwide lockdown period.

As a result, Chiefs have acted quickly to investigate Motaung’s conduct and subsequently suspended him until August 31.

However, according to Sport Law attorney, Tristyn Coetsee from Biccari Bollo Mariano Incorporated, the suspension has been done as a precautionary measure and not a punishment.

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Though once the investigation is complete, Motaung could be found guilty of bringing the club into disrepute.

“Labour law is a tricky field of law in that it is very procedural. You would have to look at the procedure, has Chiefs followed the correct procedure? Which off-hand I think they have,” Coetsee told the Siya crew.

“What you need to look at is whether the suspension was done as a precautionary measure, or whether it was done as a punishment.”

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“In this instance, and I did check the official statement on the website, they state that they are attending to a further investigation so that leads me to believe that it is done as a precautionary measure, obviously everyone is innocent until proven guilty.” “Currently we have to give Bobby Motaung the benefit of the doubt as they need to look into it further, as they say, in that instance, it is deemed precautionary as they are undertaking a further investigation. It is not done as a form of punishment.”

"Clearly there is fair reason to suspend him, the video looks like they are partaking in a social gathering during the lockdown.”

“If he is found guilty, he can bring the club’s name into disrepute, they do have a protocol on how players and management should behave and it seems like he has transgressed those,” he added.

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