Close to 50 SA footballers not being paid

Dylan Bettencourt

Around 50 footballers in the Premier Soccer League (PSL) have not been paid for two months, with some claiming they have not received their salaries since December.

This was revealed by South African Football Players Union deputy secretary-general Calvin Motloung on Friday.

“It impacts the players so badly. These guys have families, they’ve got people who depend on them,” he said.

Motloung said that seven clubs in the PSL have not been paying their players, including Moroka Swallows.

In the second division, Free State Stars, Pretoria Callies, Polokwane City Rovers, Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila, TS Sporting and Jomo Cosmos have been accused of not paying players.

Rovers and Callies are said to be main culprits of the payment dispute, with 10 to 15 players not being paid in each club, according to City Press.

“There is no respect for professional players in this country,” Motloung said.

The deputy secretary-general met with Swallows chairperson David Magashoa regarding the payment dispute and the Soweto club committed to paying the players the outstanding salaries.

However, one of the players showed Motloung a message from his agent urging him to stay away from the union.

“The message read ‘stay away from the players’ union. I’m the one who found you employment’,” Motloung said.

Several of the clubs have told the union that they would settle the payment disputes while others had not yet come to an agreement with the players.

The PSL have not yet commented on the several payment disputes.

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