Chippa United have offered to apologise to former coach Roger Sikhakhane through the media for claiming he once reported for duty reeking of alcohol.
The apology is part of a settlement reached in the Labour Court in Johannesburg on Tuesday.
The Chilli Boys confirmed Sikhakhane’s suspension on December 8 and one of the charges was that he reported for duty smelling of liquor when Chippa United played a friendly game against Mthatha Bucks on December 6 in Mthatha.
He was also charged for allegedly arriving late for this match and for allegedly fighting with the club’s team manager at the time, Marks Totwana.
“We have reached a settlement,” said Sikhakhane’s agent, Abbie Rasimphi.
“As part of the settlement, they are going to pay him a six- month salary with the first payment due within 48 hours, the legal costs and apologise by issuing a statement to the media for claiming he smelt of alcohol on duty because they can’t prove that.
“They further apologised for any harm caused as a result of the claims. They will also pay him outstanding bonuses from the matches that he was winning while in charge.
“Roger can now move on with his life. This is a lesson that a contract must be respected. We have labour laws in this country that should be adhered to. This is a victory for Roger,” Rasimphi declared.
Chippa boss Siviwe Mpengesi was not available for comment.
Speculation is rife that the club’s interim coach, Dan Malesela, is likely to get a permanent job now that Sikhakhane is out of the way.