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Chiefs' warlords pin hopes on latest court challenge

BOITUMELO KHUTSAFALO
Chiefs' warring factions believe the latest challenge will yield a solution
With another court case looming between two warring factions at Mochudi Centre Chiefs, both parties this time are hopeful that it will finally bring the long running battle to an end.

The two groups have for years been fighting for the running of the club and despite several efforts to bring them together, they failed to reach a common ground.

Last week, the group headed by Raymond Tsheko served the Ramocha Tsieng-led faction with court papers in which they accused the latter of being in contempt of the previous court order.   The order delivered last year sought the two factions to form a transitional committee, which would then see to it that several items including the amendment of the constitutional and the financial audit, amongst others, are done.

The transitional committee would then set a date for an elective assembly to vote in a new executive committee to run the club for four years. 

However along the way prior to the elective meeting, the group led by Tsieng pulled out of the transitional committee alleging that some of the items in the court order were not met. 

The elective meeting went on and the new executive committee was elected and led by chairperson, Ernest Molome.  On the other hand, the Tsieng-led group announced they did not recognise the elections and voted their own committee, meaning two parallel committees were running the same club.

The stalemate has prompted the Tsheko-led

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committee to take the matter to court, arguing the other group was running a parallel committee, which is against last year’s court order.  Both parties, however, are in agreement that this latest court battle could be the only solution to ending the long running factional battles.

“That is our belief that this case will bury this matter forever. Remember, there was a court order in which there were certain processes that needed to be followed.  Amongst those was for the club to hold elections, which we did in August last year,” Chiefs’ manager, Clifford Mogomotsi, who is also cited as the third applicant in the latest matter, said yesterday.

“To our surprise they held another election a month later. This in our view is in contempt of last year’s order.”  On the other hand, Malan Morolong who is cited as one of the respondents also agreed that the latest court case could be what Magosi faithful have been looking for.

“We are very happy that they served us. Our hope is that court will clear this matter forever,” he said. The battle for the running of the club is seen as a major obstacle in attracting sponsors for the once formidable Premier League side.



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