KSA Shark ©

KZN Clubs in trouble?

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :In the news, Sharks on 10 Sep 2010 at 13:09
Tagged with : , ,

South African rugby is about to be hit by another administrative storm, as the South African Revenue Service (SARS) and Department of Labour have started investigations into the “non-compliance” of clubs in regards to legislation.

The issue started as a minor dispute between a player and his club over remuneration.

However, rugby365.com can reveal it has now escalated to such an extend that South African Rugby Union President Oregan Hoskins, KwaZulu-Natal Rugby Union CEO Peter Smith, SARS, the Department of Labour and the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) have been dragged into the saga.

It was on the advice of Hoskins that the player reported the matter to SARS and the labour department.

In the words of Hoskins: “It is illegal what has happened and you [the player] would be well within your rights.”

The dispute, between Byron Schamotta and the Crusaders club, started in April – after the then Chairman of Crusaders, Malcom Kennedy, stopped what was termed “monthly gifts”.

Kennedy has since stepped down – although some reports claim he was asked to walk the plank – and the club has an Acting Chairman in Mike Kelroe-Cooke.

However, the matter was never satisfactory resolved between Crusaders and Schamotta.

In the months to follow there was the questionable suspension of the player – because his father’s involvement was “upsetting club members” – and allegations of “intimidation” against players.

It was in this period that Schamotta’s requests for assistance were directed at the KZNRU CEO, Smith, and the SARU boss, Hoskins – with the latter suggesting the matter be escalated to SARS and the labour department.

This, in turn, has now opened a can of worms, with revelations that none of the clubs in KwaZulu-Natal are in compliance with SARU or SARS regulations.

Although Smith initially suggested there were no SARU (national) or KZNRU ( provincial) rules that governed payment of amateur club players, rugby365.com can reveal SARU regulations – which govern provincial unions and clubs – do make provision for this.

According to SARU’s regulations regarding player status and player contracts:
1. Status of players and contracts for material benefit
1.1.1 Any Player receiving Material Benefit from a Province or Club must have in place a written Standard Players Agreement or a Standard Players Club Agreement with such Province or Club, as the case may be.

According to our investigation very few, if any, clubs have written agreements with their players. All these payments – or gifts- are done on a handshake (a verbal agreement).

Then there is also the issue of tax compliance, which it appears the clubs have also overlooked.

This could have serious repercussions, not just for KwaZulu-Natal clubs, but those throughout South Africa – even when clubs pay players minimal amounts.

The fact that the clubs are registered as a public benefit originations, that are not subject to tax, only applies to the income tax of the clubs.

If said clubs pay any amount of income to any person, that person is subject to tax and the clubs need to deduct PAYE.

According to SARS regulations the definition of “remuneration” in paragraph 1 of the Fourth Schedule reads as follows: “Remuneration” means any amount of income which is paid to any person by way of any salary, … , bonus, … gratuity, …., stipend, …, including any amount referred to in paragraph (c) of the definition of “gross income” in section 1.

“Employer” as defined in paragraph 1 of the Fourth Schedule means any person who pays to any person any amount by way of remuneration.

And paragraph (c) of the gross income definition includes any amount, including any voluntary award, received in respect of services.

Furthermore, paragraph 2 of the Fourth Schedule requires the employer (in this case clubs) to deduct tax.

Even though no written contracts exists, the verbal agreements between players and clubs regarding any remuneration are regarded as binding and also mean that the same tax regulations apply.

Thus, according to paragraph 13 of the Fourth Schedule, the employer (club) is required to issue employees (players) tax certificates (It 3 or IRP 5).

The employee/player who received the “gift” from the club needs to include this income in his/her taxable income and then needs to claim expenses (if he/she qualifies) against this income.

According to SARS regulations all clubs that give any player any amount of money are now required to issue employees tax certificates.

Courtesy of Rugby 365


  • I wonder how many other provinces are scrambling to get THEIR houses in order?

  • Comment 1, posted at 10.09.10 13:13:43 by KSA Shark © Reply
    KSA Shark ©Head Coach
  • @KSA SHARK: interesting..but why did hoskins tell the player to go to sars?? This might turn into one big headache for clubsides all over the country,and nt just rugby ones..

  • Comment 2, posted at 10.09.10 16:47:58 by bergshark Reply
    bergsharkSuper Rugby player
  • @bergshark (Comment 2) : once again, thanks a bunch, Regan! :)

  • Comment 3, posted at 10.09.10 16:50:56 by robdylan Reply
    Competition Winner Administrator
    robdylanHead Coach
  • @KSA SHARK: how much does a premier league club coach earn annually?

  • Comment 4, posted at 10.09.10 16:51:40 by bergshark Reply

    bergsharkSuper Rugby player
  • @bergshark (Comment 4) :

    NO idea.

  • Comment 5, posted at 10.09.10 16:53:20 by KSA Pink Shark © Reply

    KSA Shark ©Head Coach
  • @bergshark (Comment 2) :

    very good question.

    I can completely understand, and applaud, Hoskins having the player’s interest at heart but would have thought he would be more prudent with his recommendations.

  • Comment 6, posted at 10.09.10 16:55:34 by KSA Pink Shark © Reply

    KSA Shark ©Head Coach
  • Hoskins koep gevriet!! :roll:
    I know of quite a few clubs here in the WC who pay their first team players salaries!!
    I wonder if there’s a reward for whistle blowers!! :smile:

  • Comment 7, posted at 10.09.10 17:16:29 by wpw Reply
    wpwAssistant coach
  • The players need protection from the ruthless clubs, who use & abuse the players services, then drop them like hot potato’s. :roll: Then when the player wants to question the club, he is intimidated, threatened and even unfairly suspended if when he takes a matter further. The Sharks management at club level are the one’s who should be rapped on the nuckels. SARS and Labour are there to protect unfair practices. :???:

  • Comment 8, posted at 12.10.10 11:33:09 by Judge it Reply

    Academy recruit
  • @Judge it (Comment 8) : Welcome to the site! You seem to have a very strong opinion on this matter… :mrgreen:

  • Comment 9, posted at 12.10.10 11:49:07 by robdylan Reply
    Competition Winner Administrator
    robdylanHead Coach
  • Robdylan, you’re 100% right, look at all thats going on in KZN rugby, there seems to be a treand, they are more worried about KZN rugby’s image than the players, but forget the players make the game. Makes one think!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :shock:

  • Comment 10, posted at 12.10.10 12:32:11 by Judge it Reply

    Academy recruit

Add Comment

You must be logged in to post a comment.