Orlando Pirates chairman Irvin Khoza has responded to allegations by Julius Sono regarding the ownership of the club.
Sono, the son of Bucs legend Eric ‘Scara’ Sono and brother of Jomo Cosmos boss Jomo Sono, has reportedly questioned the legality of Khoza’s stake in the Soweto outfit.
Khoza has commented on the matter on Pirates’ website, saying: “It is really painful to see the son of an Orlando Pirates great, Eric Scara Sono in such a sad state of mind.
“This is the second time in a space of a month that Orlando Pirates had to attend to his spurious claims. First it was a case he went to open at the Hillbrow Police Station which after an investigation by Detective Cokozani was thrown out by the prosecutors.
“Yesterday he tried to sneak in a case at the Labour Court hoping to get a default judgement resulting from a possible ‘non-appearance’ of respondents he sighted.
“It is time that Julius get help as it is really painful to see him in such a compromised mental state.”
Sono leads revolt against Bucs’ Khoza
ORLANDO Pirates boss Irvin Khoza is facing calls to step down and allow the Soweto giants’ supporters and branches to elect a new chairman.
In papers filed at the Labour Court in Braamfontein, Johannesburg, Julius Sono, the younger brother of Jomo Cosmos club boss Jomo Sono, who described himself as a businessman, claimed Khoza had caused tremendous damage to the reputation of supporters branches by allowing other branches to recruit members and operate without the Orlando Pirates Football Club Members and Branches, a registered non-profit organisation.
Sono claimed he had been authorised to take action by the organisation, which represents 53 supporters club branches across the country, according to court papers.
Sono accused Khoza of “running organisations without proper constitutionalised” documents and warned that if he continued he would lose support and respect.
Sono also wanted to interdict Khoza, in his capacity as the chairman of the club and the Premier Soccer League (PSL), from allowing fans to attend games without accident plans, as required by the Event Risk Liability Act.
In court papers, Sono said Pirates supporters paid R30 every month to the club’s Standard Bank account and an annual membership subscription fee of R300.
“The R30 paid monthly does not serve members in need of accident and funeral insurance cover,” Sono claimed.
He further claimed that his father, the late Scara Sono, was the first to register the “Bantu Orlando Pirates Football Club Members and Branches Constitution and Certificate” with the late Bethuel Mokgosinyane as the team’s president.
Sono alleged Khoza was not in control of the lawful ownership of the club’s supporters and branches.
“All members and branches are (sic) operating without Orlando Pirates since 1980,” read Sono’s court papers.
According to Sono, Khoza must authorise all Pirates supporters clubs and branches to use its constitution and registration certificate to organise annual general meetings and other activities.
Yesterday, Sono said he was consulting his lawyers and demanded that Pirates hold an annual general meeting and present annual financial statements.
“Pirates is the people’s club. Pirates is in shambles,” he claimed.
Pirates spokesman Mickey Modisane said the club was not aware of the legal action.
“For us to comment we need the court documents,” he said.
On October 14, Judge Anton Steenkamp postponed the matter to two days later for Sono to get pro-bono legal assistance.
When it resumed it was postponed sine die (indefinitely), at Sono’s request. A date for the hearing has not been set.
This article was originally published in the Sowetan newspaper on 26 November 2014. For more stories like this one, be sure to grab a copy of your newspaper at your nearest outlet.