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Botha blasts ‘tyrannical’ Bulls

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :Uncategorized on 28 Apr 2008 at 06:41
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Springbok World Cup winning lock Bakkies Botha has called the the Blue Bulls “tyrannical and autocratic” in his court papers handed in at the labour court this week.

News24 reports that the allegations, which form part of a set of 144 pages of affidavits detail the breakdown, in Botha’s opinon, of the relationship between him and the Bulls during the last year and why he filed court papers this week to ask for his contracts with SA Rugby and the Bulls be declared null and void.

In the documents, which were published by Afrikaans Sunday paper Sondag, Botha paints a picture of an irretrievable breakdown in relations with his employers and provides seven claims for the court to decide if he can be released from his five year contract from the Bulls.

The Bulls indicated last week that they would oppose his action and would give their answering affidavits in at the court this week.

In his action, Botha asked the court to force the national body to give him a clearance certificate so that he could take up a more lucrative offer at French club Toulon.

Sondag claims to be in possession of his sworn affidavits, which detail the reasons why Botha has taken the Bulls to court.

According to the affidavits, Botha admits that he asked for a five year contract in 2006 from the Bulls, but then claims that the contract was not finalised because of an outstanding agreement to discuss his image rights and come to an agreement thereon.

Rights to use the images

The images rights issue, is however, contrary to the Special Players Agreement signed by the South African Rugby Players Association and the various rugby unions for players which give sponsors rights to use the images.

Botha is reported to have became incensed when he saw his image being used on a billboard outside Pretoria.

Botha also claimed that because his agent, Bernie Habana (who is the father of IRB Player of the year Bryan Habana) was not registered as an agent with SA Rugby, the contract was negotiated under the wrong influence and therefore should be declared null and void.

But the main thrust of his argument is that he was never given leave.

Botha’s payslip, which the newspaper also published, states that he is owed 125 days annual leave. Botha’s lawyers gave the Bulls 10 days to comply with this leave requirement, or compensate him accordingly, and because they did not reply, the player’s attorneys believe they are in breach of contract and should therefore have the contract declared null and void.

However, the newspaper also published a letter from Botha, where he asked to be relieved of his obligations because of the offer from Toulon and wherein he stated “it is primarily a financial decision and nothing else.”

Botha did, however, after the Bulls turned him down, demand a salary increase to R2.25m a season, which the Bulls denied.


  • As much as i love smacking the Bulls upside the head, there is a lot this article DOESN’T tell you.

    Even if you battle with Afrikaans. Do yourself a favour and go and read the original piece in “Sondag”


  • Comment 1, posted at 28.04.08 06:43:38 by KSA Shark © (FJ!ELN!) Reply
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  • Volgens Bakkies Botha se hofdokumente is dit baie meer as die R1,3 miljoen wat hy tans verdien by die Blou Bulle. Dit is ook meer as die R76 000 wat hy elke maand huis toe neem ná aftrekkings.

    Sondag kan vandag onthul Botha se salaris by die Blou Bulle is ver meer as wat meeste spelers verdien.

    Volgens Botha se kontrak, en betaalstaat, wat albei as bewysstukke saam met sy hofstukke ingegee is, en dus vir die openbare rekord is, verdien Botha per maand ’n “kontantkomponent” van R51 305,10; ’n reistoelae van R9 316; en verdere “reis en verblyf”-toelae van R33 540.

    Dan word daar nog nie eens gepraat van die ekstra R8 000 wedstrydgeld wat bygesit word en ’n totale inkomste van R102 161,10 per maand gee.

    Sy pensioen is ook nie so baie nie – met net R6 763.80 wat in ’n pensioenfonds inbetaal word.

    Dit los hom met ’n netto “huistoe”-salaris van R76 310.16.

    En dis sonder sy Springbok-kontrak wat meer as ’n R1 miljoen beloop en enige ander borgskappe wat hy mag kry.

  • Comment 2, posted at 28.04.08 06:44:19 by KSA Shark © (FJ!ELN!) Reply
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  • Die Blou Bulle Maatskappy het by minstens twee geleenthede vir Botha en Habana in kennis gestel dat Habana sr nie ’n geregistreerde agent is nie en hy dus geen reg het om namens Botha te onderhandel nie.

    Habana sr het dit deurlopend geïgnoreer, selfs nadat SA Rugby hom in kennis gestel is van die leemte.

    Sondag het gister weer bevestig dat Habana sr glad nie eens aansoek gedoen het om die probleem reg te stel nie.

    SA Rugby se Christo Ferreira het bevestig dat geen aansoek om as ’n agent te registeer ooit van Habana sr ontvang is nie. Die reëls bepaal dat die enigste ander mense wat namens ’n speler kan onderhandel ’n prokureur, rekenmeester of ouer van ’n speler moet wees. Habana sr tree dus buite die reëls op deur Botha te verteenwoordig.

    So Bakkies was told on more than one occasion that Habana Snr shouldn’t be negotiating for him.

    What is it my dad used to say? “As jy nie will hoor nie dan moet jy voel!!!!”

  • Comment 3, posted at 28.04.08 06:47:53 by KSA Shark © (FJ!ELN!) Reply
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  • Ten spyte daarvan het Habana sr in die hofstukke bevestig hy het namens Botha onderhandel en selfs verder gegaan deur na bewering:

    Te dreig dat as Botha nie vrygestel word van sy kontrak nie, Botha, Olivier en Bryan hulle sal onttrek aan die span;

    ’n grief namens dié drie spelers in te stel;

    in 2006 onderhandelinge met die Sharks begin het al was dit teen die Internasionale Rugbyraad (IRR) en SA Rugby se reëls en Botha nog ’n kontrak met die Bulls het; en

    die onderhandelinge met Toulon gevoer het teen die IRR en Saru se reëls en terwyl Botha nog ’n kontrak met die Bulls het.

    So Bakkies and Co. never actually threatened to strike, it was only a threat by Habana Snr.

  • Comment 4, posted at 28.04.08 06:50:41 by KSA Shark © (FJ!ELN!) Reply
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  • praat lekker met jouself ne?

  • Comment 5, posted at 28.04.08 07:02:57 by bryce_in_oz Reply
  • Ja, ek het op my kop geval die naweek. 😉

  • Comment 6, posted at 28.04.08 07:08:20 by KSA Shark © (FJ!ELN!) Reply
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  • Botha strikes me as, well, shall we say, not all that bright. Seems that he is easily led and doesn’t really have too good an understanding of contract matters. The only people who are going to benefit from this latest fiasco are lawyers. From what I’ve read, the Bulls would appear to have a pretty strong case, here. I hope they take him to the cleaners, personally.

  • Comment 7, posted at 28.04.08 07:50:05 by robdylan (Sharks Forever!) Reply
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  • Met daai “huistoe”-salaris, sal ek meer as een bakkie kan bekostig.

  • Comment 8, posted at 28.04.08 10:45:44 by Cru-El (BABVA) Reply

  • Greed.

    Let’s hope his case is chucked out, else it’ll set an awful precedent & mean a devaluation of contract law!

  • Comment 9, posted at 28.04.08 11:05:18 by Le Requinny Reply
  • all coming apart am afraid, signs aint looking good for bulls or boks, things were looking alot better a month ago. Bakkies and BJ possibly off to Europe, Matfield playing in 2nd division and Schalk and Chavanaga injured – welcome to being the bok coach Peter De Villiers.

  • Comment 10, posted at 28.04.08 11:39:42 by cab Reply


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