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Chiliboy contract bomb for Bulls

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :Bulls on 5 May 2008 at 06:59

The Blue Bulls Company (Pty) Ltd (BBC) is sitting on another contract bomb, which may just explode before they have managed to douse the fires caused by the protracted Bakkies Botha saga.

Jan de Koning of Rugby 365 writes that one of the central issues in the Botha versus Bulls case is the fact that Botha was represented in his negotiations with the Bulls by Bernie Habana, who is the father of International Rugby Board (IRB) Player of the Year Bryan Habana.

However, Habana was never registered as an agent. Even though he is adamant he has never taken any commission for his role in the negotiations and is acting as a representative not an agent, this – Habana not being a registered agent – is a key point in legal dispute.

rugby365.com can now reveal that Habana is not the only unregistered agent that has been doing business with the Bulls. In fact there may be several others.

Respected coach Paul Anthony, who has been involved in the Blue Bulls age-group structures for years, is one of those “unregistered agents” whose name has popped up in rugby365.com’s discussions with influential figures in the Bulls structures.

Anthony, a former teacher at Pretoria Boys High School (PBHS), has on his books Springbok hooker Mahlatse ‘Chiliboy’ Ralepelle – the first black player to lead a senior Springbok team on the field.

According to this website’s information Anthony not only negotiated on behalf of Ralepelle – who captained PBHS when Anthony was head coach of the school’s first team – but he also took commission for representing the Bok front row forward.

It is uncertain how many other players currently have Bulls contracts negotiated by unregistered players, but it is clear the Botha case has opened a can of worms in Pretoria.

Botha brought an application – in terms of Section 158(1)(a)(iii)(iv) and (vii) of the Labour Relations Act, 66 of 1995 – in the Johannesburg Labour court to obtain a release from the five-year extension he signed to his contract – which ties him to the Bulls till 2011.

The Bok second row forward, who has gone public with his wishes to join the ambitious French Second Division (Pro D2) outfit Toulon – who have lost the services of fellow World Cup-winning Bok Victor Matfield – disputes the validity of his contract with the Bulls.

The court case, originally scheduled for last Wednesday in the Johannesburg labour court, has been postponed till May 30 in order to allow the Bulls a “fair and reasonable chance” to prepare for the case.


  • Now it’s clear why some Agents want to be refered to themselves as Player representatives. 😆

  • Comment 1, posted at 05.05.08 07:01:03 by KSA Shark © (FJ!ELN!) Reply
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  • Would be interesting to know what Habana Senior does as a real job if he has never taken player commissions………

  • Comment 2, posted at 05.05.08 07:01:58 by KSA Shark © (FJ!ELN!) Reply
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  • Man this Bernie Habana dude is generous!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    From News24

    Best legal team for Bakkies

    Springbok lock Bakkies Botha has “a million reasons” to fight his case against the Blue Bulls in the country’s labour court, a newspaper claimed on Sunday.

    According to a report in the Afrikaans Sunday newspaper Sondag, Botha’s “agent” Bernie Habana allegedly paid in R1m to a law firm to ensure that the lock got the best legal team for his impending court date with the Bulls.

    The battle, which was last week postponed until May 30 on agreement by both parties, sees Botha trying to have his five year contract with the Bulls, which runs until 2011, declared null and void so that he can take up a more lucrative offer with French club Toulon.

    Habana confirmed earlier this week to various media that he would be paying the costs of the court case, which the newspaper claims can run into millions of rands.

    According to Botha’s seven points that he puts forward in his affidavits handed in at the court, his final plea would rest on the country’s constitution, which forbids forced labour.

    According to Botha, forcing him to continue at the Bulls would be against his country’s own constitution.

    “I have been advised that section 22 of the constitution gives each citizen the right to freely choose his own vocation,” Botha states in the papers.

    “I have further been advised that section 13 of the constitution provides for the fact that no citizen may be forced into labour against his will. In these circumstances, I respectfully offer that the respondent is in contradiction of this through its conduct.”

    All this for NO COMMISSION form the player. Impressive stuff.

  • Comment 3, posted at 05.05.08 07:05:28 by KSA Shark © (FJ!ELN!) Reply
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  • Too many fingers in too many pies IMO…

    Good read this all the same http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/sport/article597097.ece

  • Comment 4, posted at 05.05.08 07:38:43 by bryce_in_oz Reply
  • Paul Anthony coached me many years ago. He’s a top bloke

  • Comment 5, posted at 05.05.08 08:03:11 by robdylan (Sharks Forever!) Reply
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  • #5

    But now he’s an agent. (or not as it turns out)

  • Comment 6, posted at 05.05.08 10:20:56 by KSA Shark © (FJ!ELN!) Reply

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  • well – he’s actually a full-time coach with the Bulls now… bit of a conflict of interests, if you ask me.

    Somebody told me that the Chilliboy “deal” finally gave him the financial freedom to leave teaching and follow rugby full-time.

  • Comment 7, posted at 05.05.08 11:20:05 by robdylan (Sharks Forever!) Reply
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  • The Blue Bulls are not forcing him into labour, he has the choice to retire from Rugby and do something else. The Blue Bulls just want to make sure that a player they contracted and have paid money to does not go and play elsewhere. What is the point of having a contract if the player can leave whenever they want? Silly stuff this, if Bakkies wins, why would any franchise in SA contract any players, the contract would not be worth the paper it is written on. What is the point of having a contract if the player can play wherever they want.

  • Comment 8, posted at 05.05.08 16:13:13 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • Agree, DB. Players need to show loyalty as well

  • Comment 9, posted at 05.05.08 16:16:04 by robdylan (Sharks Forever!) Reply
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  • yeah bryce, i remember reading that article in the Times and feeling real sorry for old Berny…with the latest debacle strikes me that their are alot of south african bullshitters running around, colour notwithstanding. perhaps i should change my pic.

  • Comment 10, posted at 05.05.08 17:29:35 by cab Reply

  • How about a pic of varkhond? 🙂

  • Comment 11, posted at 05.05.08 18:50:19 by robdylan (Sharks Forever!) Reply
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  • haha…varkhond…what a name, what a pic, what a team.

  • Comment 12, posted at 05.05.08 20:49:00 by cab Reply

  • He’s cut his hair, though. Pity

  • Comment 13, posted at 05.05.08 21:31:57 by robdylan (Sharks Forever!) Reply
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