Man demands million from Cheetahs

2019-10-23 06:02
Isaac Molapo

Isaac Molapo

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The assault case of a rugby fan at the Free State Stadium in Bloemfontein after a Currie Cup semi-final match in 2015 has led to a civil lawsuit worth R1,1 million.

The lawsuit is against the three respondents, the Free State Rugby Union, the Free State Cheetahs Company and Schübel O’Reilly, formerly the manager of the union referees and a referee.

The lawsuit filed on 7 October in the Free State High Court in Bloemfontein followed the assault of the plaintiff, Isaac Molapo (35).

According to court documents O’Reilly (53), with other unknown individuals, assaulted Molapo inside the premises of the Free State Stadium in Bloemfontein on 15 October 2016. This occurred after the Currie Cup semi-final match between the Cheetahs and the Golden Lions.

O’Reilly, who now resides in Kimberly in the Northern Cape was at the time of the assault still an employee of the rugby union. O’Reilly had held a manager’s position on the Free State Rugby Union’s referees committee.

Molapo was reportedly attacked in full view of other rugby supporters, including friends who were in his company. They were on their way out to the gate in St Andrews Street.

Molapo works as a customer service agent at the Bram Fischer International Airport just outside Bloemfontein. He claims to have been viciously attacked after an altercation over a rugby referee’s T-shirt he was wearing.

According to court documents, during the assault, O’Reilly (third defendant), punched the plaintiff (Molapo) in the mouth and pushed him into a fence. Thereafter, O’Reilly and other unknown individuals employed by the rugby union or the Cheetahs company alternatively choked the plaintiff (Molapo), punched him until he fell to the ground and kicked him repeatedly.

According to the court documents, during the assault O’Reilly and the other men uttered racial slurs at Molapo while demanding to know where he had obtained the referee shirt that he was wearing and accused him of having stolen the T-shirt.

The assault and uttering of racial slurs took place in public and within sight of members of the public.

According to the court documents filed at the court, after the assault and racial degradation Molapo had to undergo medical treatment.

He was admitted to a hospital in Bloemfontein with severe bruises to his face and body.

Molapo was treated for soft tissue injuries, swelling and bruising to his lower back, shoulder, legs, face and head.

Following the assault, Molapo sustained permanent injury to his left knee and will likely have to undergo future medical and psy­chiatric treatment.

Molapo claims for past medical expenses R20 000, for future medical expenses R350 000 and R800 000 for general damages.

According to the court documents filed, the first defendant (FS Rugby Union), alternatively the second defendant (the Cheetahs Company) and the third defendant (O’Reilly) are liable to Molapo for the damages that he has suffered and the amount set.

Hermann Fourie of Jacobs Fourie Attorneys represents Molapo in the matter.

  • O’Reilly, a former policeman, is no longer affiliated with the rugby union or the Cheetah company.
  • Molapo apparently received the referee’s shirt as a gift from a well-known international referee.
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