Royal AM CEO Sinky Mnisi has blasted the club's owner Shauwn “MaMkhize” Mkhize, saying she failed to protect him from malicious allegations and insisting he is still employed in his post at the KwaZulu-Natal club.
For more than a month stories of Mnisi having been suspended by Mkhize, allegedly for running Royal as his personal fiefdom, have been extensively reported in the media.
Mkhize has refused to confirm reports of Mnisi's suspension.
On Wednesday, in a press conference he called in his capacity as CEO of the club, Mnisi addressed the allegations and said Mkhize “allowed my reputation to be tried, found guilty and hanged by the media”.
This has left Mnisi feeling like he was treated as “udakaboy” (a man who mixes cement at a construction site), a term he appeared to use in reference to Mkhize being in the construction business.
Despite lashing out at his employer Mnisi insisted his relationship with Mkhize remains “cordial”. He insisted he was still receiving a salary from Royal, saying that was proof he is not suspended.
Some of the matters that reports have said led to Mnisi’s alleged suspension include the release of coach John Maduka and hiring of coach Khabo Zondo.
Others were the sale of players Given Mashikinya to Maritzburg United and Victor Letsoalo to Sekhukhune United, the release of Ndumiso Mabena and the signing of Marlon Heugh from TS Galaxy. All of these were reported to have been done without the knowledge of Mkhize, though Mnisi denied those allegations.