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Are Players’ Rights Protected?


By Soccer Laduma - Mar 22, 2018 10:01 AM

South Africa marks the 58th remembrance of the Sharpeville Massacre that happened as a result of a protest where 69 people died, with 180 others wounded, when the police fired on a peaceful march against Pass laws. Since that fateful Monday of 13 March 1960, the day has had a special place in the history books of South Africa. Over the years, the day has been declared a public holiday and, in commemorating those who paved the way, Pep/Cell talks to those involved in the Beautiful Game to get their views on the meaning of this day in the sport as well as whether they feel their rights are protected.  

Former players have their say…
Some players don’t even know their contracts
Thulasizwe Mbuyane – Former Orlando Pirates striker
“Look, as a player, you’re only governed by the contract you have with the team. I can say I had rights when I was still playing, but the different clubs’ constitutions and ways of doing things were also binding. While you have a right to play for that team, because of your contract, there were things that the club’s constitution didn’t allow you to do. So, as much as I have rights, my rights are limited. There’s also the issue of agents. There are times where a deal will not be good for a player but the agent and the club benefit from it. You end up not playing and your value depreciates, then you’re left on your own. I think the issue of player representation needs to be amended because most players aren’t even aware of their rights. There are a number of players who are clubless now because of lack of game-time from their previous clubs. Their representatives have turned their backs on those guys now when they had a contract to look after the player. Sometimes a club will pay a very low salary but when there’s interest in the player, they ask for far too much money than they even pay him but, because he’s still contracted, he’s forced to toe the line. Funnily, when the team doesn’t want your services anymore, it is very easy for them to get rid of you. So the contract is only important when it suits the clubs but you’re always expected to honour it. Teams get away with a lot and players’ rights are sometimes not respected at all. To this day, I’m still angry at some clubs because I had to fight them for my money although I had a contract. I really don’t think we’re doing enough to protect the rights of the players. We also need to do workshops with the players to outline their rights because I know for a fact that some players don’t even know the contents of their contracts.”
Current players have their say…
We commemorate the fight…
Dean Furman – SuperSport United and Bafana Bafana midfielder 
“Human Rights Day is a hugely important day in our country’s history. It is on this day that we commemorate the fight for equality that occurred on this day in 1960, which had led to our democracy today. It is important for us all to recognise the significance of this day and the struggle it took to achieve the democracy which we live in today.”
I don’t think they’re protected
Mark Mayambela – Chippa United midfielder
“This is a very important day in our country’s history and I regard Human Rights as one of the fundamentals that everyone should enjoy, just like food, shelter, proper education and many others. Yes, we are still lacking in some of these rights, but I believe it is up to us to ensure that we achieve and realise them. We have to fight against injustices and one of the biggest mistakes we make is to wait for other people to make things happen for us, instead of being proactive. It is our responsibility to ensure that the League, SAFA and FIFA empower footballers not only on the field but off it as well. Through the years, there have been very few former professional footballers who have been promoted to important positions in our football. Not all former players are going to be coaches, so that empowerment is very important and the former players know the dynamics of the game much better than some of those who never kicked the ball. As far as the players’ rights are concerned, without going deep into it, I don’t think they’re protected.”  
You do a job, you get paid
Robyn Johannes – Cape Town City defender 
“I think that people forget the importance of Human Rights Day when it comes to footballers or people in the public eye. To me, this is the most important in life. It makes me angry, hearing players not being paid. It’s simple – you do a job, you get paid. Never mind it being bound by law, but this is just one of the many factors we face as footballers. I grew up knowing and living by a statement, ‘Don’t do to others what you wouldn’t want done to yourself.’”


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Pirates_999 Joined: 08 Nov 2017
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Pirates_999 Mar 22, 2018 09:23 AM
Teams and representatives of players can be corrupt at times. Something needs to be done soon agent shouldn't be allowed to dump a player without a team at least they need to find a team they dump the player
setlaboswana Joined: 20 Mar 2012
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setlaboswana Mar 21, 2018 06:36 PM
It depends on the nature of the right in question. Players have the same rights like any other employee, they don't have special rights.
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The-Lip Joined: 04 Sep 2017
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The-Lip Mar 21, 2018 10:38 AM
EPL players from 3rd division are more commited than our pro players even NFD players are more hungry than psl players
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The-Lip Mar 21, 2018 10:35 AM
What rights babapal ntja jwalo?

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