LOC to pay over team drivers bungle

DISGRUNTLED: World Cup driver Moshiashi Motumo. Pic. Elvis Ntombela. 21/06/2010. © Sowetan.

20100621 Moshiashi Motumo 40 years old from  Honeydew Rigde is one of the many driver contracterd to drive the team's and VIP guests to the world cup games and has not had the chance to do her duties here during an interview with Sowetan in her home on the 21st June 2010.PHOTO: ELVIS NTOMBELA
DISGRUNTLED: World Cup driver Moshiashi Motumo. Pic. Elvis Ntombela. 21/06/2010. © Sowetan. 20100621 Moshiashi Motumo 40 years old from Honeydew Rigde is one of the many driver contracterd to drive the team's and VIP guests to the world cup games and has not had the chance to do her duties here during an interview with Sowetan in her home on the 21st June 2010.PHOTO: ELVIS NTOMBELA

THE Local Organising Committee for the 2010 Fifa World Cup will pay thousands of rand to a group of drivers it had contracted to transport one of the teams for a job they did not do.

One of those contracted was Moshiashi Motumo of Honeydew, Johannesburg, who was assigned to work with the New Zealand team. Motumo and four other drivers were supposed to start work on June 6, ferrying members of the team to stadiums, training sessions and hotels.

Their contract stipulates that they would start work "effective from June 6 ... until the team you are allocated to is knocked out of the soccer spectacular".

Each team would be assigned about 10 drivers divided into two groups. The drivers would each be paid R300 a day. But to date five drivers have not been to work.

"I was told that I would drive the New Zealand team in the second week because we were going to rotate with the other drivers. That did not happen," Motumo said.

"I want to be paid from June 6 until the New Zealand team is kicked out of the World Cup."

Another disgruntled driver, Xoliswa Nkungu, said she made an effort to secure this contract.

"There was a lot of confusion with allocations. Initially I was with the Honduras team and then with New Zealand," Nkungu said.

LOC spokesperson Rich Mkhondo admitted there had been a bungle over team drivers.

He said: "The organising committee intended to rotate the team drivers on a weekly basis.

"But the team (New Zealand), indicated they were happy with the first group of drivers in the initial rotation,

"They said for the sake of continuity they wished to continue with the same drivers initially allocated to them for the duration of the tournament.

"So it's correct that Motumo and Nkungu have not as yet been assigned to driving duties with the New Zealand team.

But the organising committee intends to fully remunerate them in term of the agreed contract."

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