“It is common cause that the employee [Kerr] drank alcohol with some staff members in the hotel where the club was staying. This was after dinner and therefore after hours.
“Team physio Patrick Munzhelele testified that after dinner the coach said the technical team should remain behind and thereafter asked them to meet him in his room. When they left the dinner table they went to his room‚ and he offered them beer.
“Munzhelele said he did not drink beer‚ but whiskey‚ which [Kerr] said he would arrange for him. Later [Kerr] came to Munzhelele’s room and offered him a glass of whiskey‚ which he took. He did not drink it though. [Kerr] left after he had given [Munzhelele] the glass of whiskey.
“When the club was in the bio-bubble‚ the country was in level 2 of the lockdown. If an employer wants to charge an employee with any act of misconduct‚ they must demonstrate the rule that is supposedly broken.
“The club seems to suggest that drinking of alcohol was prohibited while the club was in the bio-bubble‚ due to the lockdown rules and the rules of the league. The club has not produced proof of any written or unwritten rule of such a prohibition on consuming alcohol in a private space. None of the charges put to the employee have been proven.”
Safa will provide a date‚ venue and time for the hearing in due course.
Kerr was reached on his cellphone but said he could not comment.