Thulani Hlatshwayo may be an Orlando Pirates player but that did not prevent him from providing a timely intervention regarding some of his former teammates’ salaries.
The Siya crew caught wind that a portion of former Bidvest Wits players were left short-changed, after not receiving their full salaries for the month of September.
News of the unpaid salaries surfaced the weekend and the Siya crew has since seen the agreement sent to players via Chief Operations Officer Jonathan Schloss, which confirms that players were promised their full salaries for the month of September, following an urgent meeting between the players and Wits Chairman Alan Fainman back in August.
The meeting was called after players voiced their concerns over uncertainty following the sale of the club to businessman Masala Mulaudzi, as well as monies owed to them by the club.
As per the crew’s understanding, the sale of the club to Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila FC came into effect on September 1; however, Bidvest Wits would still be responsible for players’ September salaries.
Despite the agreement in place, the Siya crew can confirm that six players did not receive their full salaries for the month of September.
The Siya crew has followed up on the matter and contacted Bidvest Wits Chairman Alan Fainman, who confirmed that ‘Tyson’ played his part in ensuring that the matter is resolved.
“We were made aware of the matter on Monday, Thulani Hlatshwayo phoned me and told me. I told him it would be sorted out by Tuesday, but due to the urgency of the matter, we sorted it out on Monday.
“So, the players who were affected due to a difference in opinion between some of the players and TTM (about) whether they would be released or not, we stepped in because we have an agreement with the players. We said we would guarantee their September salaries, which will be done.
“There are six players – Cole Alexander, Lehlohonolo Nonyane, Sameehg Doutie, Zitha Macheke, Rowan Human and Eva Nga – who were paid for seven days, but they should have been paid for the whole month.
“As far as we are concerned, TTM said they were released, it doesn’t matter from our perspective, we have signed an agreement and we have amended their salaries on Monday and those players will get a second transfer into their accounts, which will be paid in full,” Fainman told the Siya crew.