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'Gold Fingers' wants job back

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

McKeed Kotlolo

McKeed Kotlolo

Alex "Gold Fingers" Shakoane wants his job back at glamour soccer club Mamelodi Sundowns - and he has turned to the labour court to help him.

The ex-marketing and communications director, who was acquitted last week of sex charges involving a 15-year-old, was suspended and then fired from his job for allegedly bringing tycoon Patrice Motsepe's club into disrepute.

"I have been acquitted," he told Sowetan yesterday.

"I indicated earlier that the allegations against me were an attempt to ruin my career.

"The justice system has now vindicated me."

Shakoane was suspended on full pay shortly after his arrest. He was dismissed three months ago.

But he has turned to the labour court for relief.

His lawyer, Silas Molebaloa, confirmed that they had filed papers in the labour court but were ready to discuss the matter with Sundowns.

"We are currently in negotiations with the club's lawyers in an effort to reach a settlement that could be either his reinstatement or a package.

"The case will be heard in the labour court next month," Molebaloa said.

Yesterday Shakoane denied newspaper reports that said the club had given him a R3million golden handshake.

"As far as I am aware the dispute is still on and the matter could go for arbitration soon," he said.

He expressed a desire to have the matter amicably resolved.

"My relationship with him [Motsepe] has always been good and my commitment to the club has always been beyond reproach," he said.

Motsepe could not be reached for comment yesterday but a man who identified himself as Steve Mashalane, a director, called and asked Sowetan to e-mail questions so he could respond.

But by the time of going to press he had not done so.


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