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Sport - Date: 09 September 2017
Written by: Tshifhiwa Mukwevho / Viewed: 543
Almost five months after the Mamu Community Development Sinthumule-Kutama Easter Challenge tournament took place, Tshiozwi Village Team has not been paid yet.
Tshiozwi finished as runners-up and qualified to get the R5 000 cash prize.
Numerous attempts to get Mamu’s general secretary, Mr Jafter Mamugudubi, to effect payment, proved futile. The matter was even referred to the Makhado Local Football Association, who promised to call a meeting with Mamu’s executive board and the affected team. The association subsequently found that all Mamu members, apart from Mamugudubi, declined to come forth, saying they were no longer part of the organisation.
Limpopo Mirror published an article on 30 June this year in which Mamugudubi promised to pay the team in two weeks’ time. However, that promise was never fulfilled.
“Mamugudubi has not paid us so far, and we are even reluctant to inquire with him about our payment,” said a concerned villager, Mr Calvin Sidebi. “We will not be participating in Mamu's activities again. We are fed up and disappointed.”
Another concerned reader and villager in the Sinthumule-Kutama area, Mr Nkhangweni Siliga, who had written Limpopo Mirror a lengthy letter inquiring about any possible update on the matter, said that it must be noted that the main motive to follow up on the matter was not only for Tshiozwi Village Team to be rewarded, but also to ensure that the contribution towards development that businesspeople were giving to the community was utilised effectively and that Mamu and other organisers in the area were not affected in future when they needed support (from sponsors).
“The community needs this money for the development of the game,” he said. “As for the sponsors, it will definitely be equally important to hear their side of the story and how they feel when the resources do not reach the intended destination.”
Makhado Local Football Association’s chairperson, Mr Joseph Maphaha, said that they couldn't easily address the matter with an individual (Mamugudubi) since they worked with an executive board (Mamu board). “We will refer this matter to SAFA Vhembe for a decision,” he said. “Next time it will be hard for us to approve Mamu’s sport games.”
Mamugudubi, however, said that the Tshiozwi community and team knew what was happening and that there were individuals who were trying to taint his name. “Mamu still has an executive board,” he said. “There were some members who left because of differences of ideas or concepts which they wanted to introduce to Mamu. So, those ideas and concepts were not part of Mamu’s.”
He couldn’t say when the Tshiozwi Village Team would get their cash prize.
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Mamu Community Development’s general secretary, Mr Jafter Mamugudubi, couldn't say when the Tshiozwi Village Team would get their cash prize.
Tshifhiwa Given Mukwevho was born in 1984 in Madombidzha village, not far from Louis Trichardt in the Limpopo Province. After submitting articles for roughly a year for Limpopo Mirror's youth supplement, Makoya, he started writing for the main newspaper. He is a prolific writer who published his first book, titled A Traumatic Revenge in 2011. It focusses on life on the street and how to survive amidst poverty. His second book titled The Violent Gestures of Life was published in 2014.