Mapoe saga continues

2010-10-04 06:59

Rudolph Lake

Johannesburg – Lionel Mapoe’s unhappiness with the Cheetahs stems from his salary package - and the saga over whether he has a valid contract with the Free State or not and will be joining the Sharks, is still a long way from over.

Mapoe’s legal team on Thursday brought an application for leave to appeal against the judgement by the Free State High Court that the wing has a valid contract with the Cheetahs and cannot play for the Sharks.

However, the High Court is in recess until 11 October and a date to hear Mapoe’s application for leave to appeal can only be set then.

Until that time the South African sevens player is not compelled to report for duty in Bloemfontein.

Mapoe has been training with the Sharks in Durban for a month amid the tug-of-war over his services between them and Free State.

In 2007, he was paid only R60 000 per year to play for the Cheetahs. Free State increased his salary to R220 000 per year by the end of 2008 after he had played for the national sevens team.

Players with “similar experience and talent” were paid up to R750 000 by the Cheetahs to remain in Bloemfontein.

The Sharks are willing to pay Mapoe R100 000 per month for his services.

Should Mapoe be successful in gaining leave to appeal, the case could still drag on for months and it may have a negative effect on his Springbok touring ambitions.

Mapoe, who last played in the Super 14 on 20 March, is on the shortlist of the national selectors.

Free State recently refused to release Mapoe for the SA sevens side after the team’s coach, Paul Treu, requested that he be released for the Commonwealth Games.

Free State indicated that they would like to involve Mapoe in their Currie Cup plans as soon as possible once the case between them and Sharks has been concluded.


  • mountaingoat - 2010-10-04 07:24

    die sharks het klomp geld! laat man wonder hoeveel JP verdien

  • JJ - 2010-10-04 07:56

    Lionel Mapoe willingly and gladly signed his contract, which included his remuneration package details. The fact that other players were paid more or that another vulture union suddenly decided to offer him more, after he excelled thanks to Cheetah coaching, has no relevance. Nobody chained Lionel Mapoe to a chair and forced him to sign his contract. It is high time that these people learn that we are living in an orderly society and that contract must be honoured. As a small union, the Cheetahs has no other option but to identify cheap young players with good potential and to train them into first-class professionals. If they leave prematurely, this business model cannot work. Especially players of colour, because suddenly the union does not comply with the quota system anymore and risk being penalised financially even more by Absa.

  • Uzziel - 2010-10-04 07:58

    Does it not mean anything anymore when you sign a contract? Yes, other players are being paid more than they probably should and Mapoe is getting less than he deserves, but when he put his name on that contract he said that he is willing to work for that salary. So as long as there has not been any breach of contract, you honour it because you agreed to the terms, even if you are not happy about it now. You do your best and wait it out till the contract expires or both parties agree to let go. In the meantime you are really messing up future prospects, not staying match fit etc.

  • Michael - 2010-10-04 08:08

    He should honour the contract he signed. If the rolls were reversed and he was not playing up to standard and dropped, he would be wanting the salary he signed for. This must stop otherwise were will have players not honouring contracts during their contract period.

  • Roger - 2010-10-04 08:10

    blatant discrimination, all his white counterparts with smiller experience are paid R750K, dont go back Mapoe no matter what the courts say.

  • kolobe - 2010-10-04 08:11

    its not rocket science that this is racism at its best. how do pay someone R200 000 per annum when he could earn R100 000 a month?the same also happens at all workplaces.

  • Ed - 2010-10-04 08:18

    I'm a Shark living in Bloem - what a bunch of moaners! I hear all the time about what a crappy player he is - why cry when he wants to leave if he is so terrible?? Honestly, I also feel the Sharks union are taking this too far. He is not THAT good a player to make such a fuss about. Cheetahs always complain about how the bigger unions "steal" their players, and then they sit at home drinking and watching the "home" games where they should be in the stadiums supporting! I have watch more Cheetah games in the stadium this years than most of the Cheetah supporters I know. Stop moaning and go support your team - the tickets are cheap!!

  • Polly - 2010-10-04 08:23

    Why is it always the Sharks involved in these legal battles? If Mapoe has a legal contract with the Cheetahs how do the Sharks allow him to train with them. Surely SAFU should step in and resolve the matter. I cant remember Natal getting involved in legal actions when they were still playing in the B section. TOO MUCH MONEY. The supporters should start asking questions on what amounts the Sharks are spending on legal fees. You will be shocked.

  • will - 2010-10-04 08:54

    I sometimes wonder where there newspapers get their reporters. This is a rubbish one-sided report from Rudolph Lake. He failed to mention that Mapoe was also offered the same R750 000 contracts should he be willing to sign for another 3 years.

  • Emile - 2010-10-04 09:17

    Ok, so the Cheetahs paid him even less than originally reported. (R60 000/year and not R80 000/year). That gives you R5000.00 per month before tax. And we ask why the Cheetahs don't have players? What a sad state of affairs. Some rubbish like Ricky January earns more a month than Mapoe in two years at the Cheetahs. I seriously think the Cheetah Union must be taken to court for slavery. I'm sick in my gut about their attitude to now trying to prevent Mapoe from applying his talents where it is valued. I hope Mapoe will rather stop playing for a year than going back to those assholes.

  • vuzi - 2010-10-04 09:31

    I dont think he is such a great player that he deserves a sallary as big as that, wow he played 7s and and a fairly ok super 14 for one season. he wont make the bok squad

  • Ray - 2010-10-04 09:37

    Roger and Kolobe just couldn't resist the race card. Check the facts first, Do you both know what the black players earn vs the white players? Dickheads!

  • michael - 2010-10-04 12:03

    Theres a good reason why there is such a huge tug of war going on for this bloke. He is brilliant, should of been playing for the boks in the 3N already.

  • Jor - 2010-10-04 13:23

    Mapoe turned down the R750 000 the Cheetahs offered him to extend his contract. Other players with“similar experience and talent” signed and got more money. The Cheetahs did not have to offer him more money at the time because his still under a contract he singed when no other union wanted him. HE HAS NO HONOUR.

  • Stukzin - 2010-10-04 16:02

    find it very strange that AFriforum have not made a single comment about the Lionel Mapoe saga and yet they jumped when ABSA complained about transformation,this is a classic example of why transforming rugby is vital in this country, how do you justify offering one player R750K and the R100K what do you base this on? if it's Merit why complain when another employer offers him more, we as individuals move for better offers all the time, why is it different for Lionel? to JJ who're these people you're refering to? The Cheaters had Mapoe,they cheated him and under-valued him, the sharks value him more and are willing to pay him as well so why is it so difficult to accept that this is another case of blantant racism?

  • Jonty(Sudan) - 2010-10-04 16:38

    I hope Lionel will be happy with his new move,anyway thanks for what you have done for the CHEETAS. Geniet dit ma da by die HAAIE.

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