It seems the WPRFU vs. GLRU court battle over Mujati is finally over. Or is it?
Reports today indicate that SARU will be R5,000-00 richer after Western Province have been ordered to pay this amount to SARU for ignoring the player transfer regulation while obtaining the services of Springbok Prop Brian Mujati.
WPRFU have been fined R10,000-00 for Brian Mujati joining them without the necessary documentation being in place R5,000-00 of this has been suspended with the rest to be paid to SARU.
The spat started when Mujati joined WP without first obtaining a clearance / transfer certificate, meaning he was never officially released from the Lions to play for Western Province
The Lions took legal action after WP started negotiations with Mujati while he was still contracted to them. In a strange twist the Lions lost this court action because their contract with Mujati could not be considered binding as he did not have the correct work permit to work in South Africa.
This week however the Lions got their victory. It can hardly be called anything other than a symbolic victory though. With WP getting away with no more than a “don’t do that again”. In effect WP are being fined for breaking a SARU transfer rule rather than negotiating with a player while he is still contracted to another union.
This legal tussle has been going on for months now. Let’s hope it is finally over. Was the tussle really ever over Mujati or was it over the regulations being completely disregarded?Tweet