THE South African Football Association (Safa) has scored an own goal. This comes as the national soccer governing body has been taken to court . . . by their own lawyers! The charge: Not paying their hefty legal bill.
Nortons Incorporated approached the South Gauteng High Court in Joburg this week in a bid to compel Safa president Danny Jordaan and CEO Dennis Mumble in their capacity as preventatives of the association to settle legal fees just shy of a million rand.
According to court papers in possession of Sunday Sun, the firm worked for Safa between February 2017 and April this year to handle matters relating to the Promotion of Access of Information Act.
“On or about 14 February 2017 and at Johannesburg, the defendant (The South African Football Association) represented by its duly authorised representative Dr Danny Jordaan and Dennis Mumble, engaged the services of the plaintiff, represented by Mr Warwick Radford, a duly admitted attorney and practicing as such from the plaintiff (Nortons Incorporated) principal place of business,” read the firm’s particulars of claim.
According to the firm, over 12 invoices were submitted to Safa over a 12-month period. The governing body only paid an amount of R250 000, bringing the outstanding balance to R740 008, 93.
“The amounts reflected in the invoices are the amounts charged by the plaintiff to the defendant in respect of reasonable remuneration for the work done, and necessary disbursements incurred, pursuant to the mandate,” read the papers.
Safa spokesman Dominic Chimhavi acknowledge the issue, saying they are aware of the outstanding balance and “are busy attending to the matter”.
A receptionist at Nortons Inc requested us to send an email to attorney Paul Russel, but he hadn’t replied at the time of going to print.
– Sunday Sun.