Father to sue son’s coach

2013-06-19 00:00

A PIETERMARITZBURG father who went to court in a bid to have his son reinstated as the captain of his high school’s first cricket team, has gone a step further and is threatening to sue the boy’s coach for R2,1 million.

The father, whose identity is being withheld in order to protect his minor son (aged 17 years), confirmed telephonically yesterday that he had issued a letter of demand for payment of R2,1 million in damages against St Charles College coach Dave Karlsen.

The father said the letter had been faxed to the coach.

Meanwhile, it is understood that attempts to resolve the dispute via mediation are still ongoing.

President of the KwaZulu-Natal Inland Cricket Union, Yunus Bhamjee, confirmed this yesterday afternoon, but added that he has issued a “media blackout” concerning the matter until finality is reached.

He said a press statement will be issued when the process is complete.

Earlier, the headmaster of St Charles College, Allen van Blerk, issued a press release in which he stressed that the school is determined to select players on merit and “will not be changing this position”.

“Our selection structures will remain independent and we will not allow any one parent to dictate the selection process. We are grateful for the sterling efforts of the KZN Inland Cricket Union in attempting to resolve this matter and we will continue to co-operate in the promotion of schoolboy cricket in the region,” he said.

Van Blerk categorically denied that racism played any part in the selection process.

“Further, we reject in the strongest possible terms that we would permit, let alone suggest, that the matter be ‘swept under the carpet’. We have restricted our commentary in the light of our moral and educational responsibility to preserve the dignity of the schoolboy. Unfortunately, this matter will now be determined by the legal process, but we are confident that our position will be fully vindicated by the courts,” he said.

In the original high court papers, the father of the pupil stated that he believed racism was behind the decision to strip his son of the first XI captaincy and demote him to the second team, although the school maintained it was a string of individual bad performances by the boy that had resulted in a decision by a panel to replace him as captain.

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