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Usuthu seek alternative measures to pay wages

AmaZulu General Manager Lunga Sokhela (Gallo Images)
AmaZulu General Manager Lunga Sokhela (Gallo Images)

AmaZulu have taken the decision to apply to the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) in a bid to be able to pay salaries.

General manager Lunga Sokhela explained the action as the country continues to battle the spread of the coronavirus.

Sokhela told Isolzwe: "Just like all the companies that are following and abiding by labour laws, we have taken a decision to apply to the UIF so that we can meet our salary commitments for the players.

"This application is not only for the players but for everybody who is working for AmaZulu including me because everybody has not been paid a full salary."

He added: "We don't like to see a person working for AmaZulu to be unable to pay the taxes and be in trouble when they go to another company.

"We didn’t just wake up in the morning and decided to cut the salaries of the players. We sent them letters at the beginning of March when the President (Cyril Ramaphosa) announced his National State of Disaster, we warned them that such a situation might happen.

"The issue that we just decided on cutting the salaries without consulting the players is an embarrassment to AmaZulu and it is not surprising to us because it’s become a norm."

Premier Soccer League (PSL) clubs rely on a monthly grant from the league alongside ticket sales to pay wages.

With no clear indication as to when the PSL may resume, clubs are taking action to ensure their survival.

- TEAMtalk media