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'I won't quit' - Dipela

By unknown | Mar 18, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Mcelwa Nchabeleng

Mcelwa Nchabeleng

Suspended Premier Soccer League (PSL) general manager Andrew "Druza" Dipela has dismissed allegations that he once offered to resign to fend off cases of sexual harassment.

Dipela also denied that the delay of his case had anything to do with his making weird demands to consent to resigning.

He has been on voluntary paid leave since November after his colleagues, Zanele Motha and Caroline Seemela, laid charges of sexual harassment against him.

"The idea of resigning from the PSL has never crossed my mind and I was surprised to read about it in the newspaper," Dipela said.

"I want this matter to be dealt with speedily and I don't have any reason to delay it."

Dipela was supported by his lawyer, Justice Lebea, who blamed the league for dragging its feet in finalising the case.

"We received correspondence from the league last month and we could not understand some of the things stated in the letter," said Lebea yesterday.

"We wrote back asking for clarity. We also asked them to furnish us with more details and we are still waiting for some documents.

"What also disturbed me is that Ari Soldatos, who is handling this matter, now appears to be corresponding with us through the media.

"My client is not suspended but took voluntary leave because he did not want to be seen to be interfering with the investigations," Lebea said. "If the case is not attended to as a matter of urgency my client has the right to resume his duties."

Soldatos said the PSL was not dragging its feet.

"I proposed arbitration but they were not happy with that," he said. "They also want documents and we can't deny them those. I'm now waiting for instructions from the league to decide the next move," he said.


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