Calls to remove Irvin Khoza as Pirates chairman

By Drum Digital
11 March 2015

A labour court application to remove Irvin Khoza as chairman of Orlando Pirates and the club has been given ten days to respond

A labour court application to remove Irvin Khoza as chairman of soccer club, Orlando Pirates has been filed by Julius Sono.

According to Sowetan, Sono, who is Jomo Cosmos' owner Jomo Sono's younger brother, says that Khoza has "caused tremendous damage to the reputation of other branches to recruit members and operate without the Orlando Pirates Football Club members and branches."

Sono who has been described as a businessman, presented the papers to the Braamfontein Labour Court late last year and yesterday labour court judge, Edwin Molahlehi gave the soccer club ten days to respond to the application.

Spokesperson of the club, Mickey Modisane refused to comment about the matter until it is finalised in court.

"This matter is subjudice. It is not within our rights to comment as a club. The advocate that's handling the matter would be the right person to speak to as we are not in a position to comment until the case is finalised," Modisane told DRUM.

We spoke to the lawyer that has taken over the case from yesterday, Michael Murphy, and he thinks the entire application is baseless.

"We didn't even receive the application until yesterday and that's how we have ten days to present an answering affidavit so we will deal with it but it's probably going nowhere," Murphy revealed.

"We're not even sure who the applicant is because different parties have been mentioned. To me, this is a serious pile of drivel," he concluded.

Irvin Khoza became the secretary and owner of the super club in 1991 and is also the Chairman of the South African Premier Soccer League.

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