Kaizer Chiefs suspends Bobby Motaung over COVID-19

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Thando Mnkandhla

 

Windhoek - South African football giants Kaizer Chiefs this week suspended manager Bobby Motaung on allegations of breaching COVID-19 lockdown regulations.

Videos of Bobby Motaung - son of club chairman Kaizer Motaung – having get-togethers with friends been circulating on social media.

Prior to the decision to suspend him, Kaizer Chiefs communications manager Vina Maphosa had said they are looking into the issue and any other possible breaches of regulations by members of the club.

Soon after, Amakhosi issued a statement announcing Bobby Motaung’s suspension.

"As part of our policies and continuous process of monitoring the public conduct of our members, players and staff, Kaizer Chiefs has decided to summarily suspend football manager, Bobby Motaung.

“This is a result of a number of videos circulating on social media wherein the football manager is taking part in festivities during what looks like the lockdown period. The club has been involved in the internal processes of investigating his conduct, which led to the decision to suspend him.

“With the COVID-19 pandemic, our processes have intensified and stringent measures have been put in place to ensure the club and its members play a role in the curbing of the spread of the virus and flattening the curve.

“Subsequently, the club would like to confirm that Bobby Motaung is suspended with immediate effect up to and including 31 August 2020. He is not allowed to accompany the team to any training sessions or scheduled matches.”

Kaizer Chiefs said though the manager had previously tested negative for COVID-19 on four occasions, they had asked him to self-quarantine during the period of his suspension.

South Africa has Africa’s highest COVID-19 caseload and the number of infections in the country are the fifth highest in the world.

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