Johannesburg - Former Bafana Bafana coach Ephraim “Shakes” Mashaba has walked away with a R2.5 million golden handshake – which is equivalent to five months of his salary.
Mashaba had initially refused this amount, but on Friday he and the South African Football Association (Safa) reached an amicable settlement to end their five-month dispute.
The matter has been before the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) since March. Mashaba was dismissed as Bafana coach in December.
Shown the door
City Press has learnt that Mashaba wanted the same amount tax free, but Safa did not agree to those terms.
“There was no way he could have gotten more because Safa had a strong case against him. He is lucky to even get this amount,” a source within Safa told City Press.
This is not the first time Mashaba has received compensation from Safa.
In 2004, the association parted with a cool R2.3 million in compensation after firing him before Bafana left for the 2004 African Cup of Nation in Tunisia.
He was rehired in 2014 to replace Gordon Igesund.
Bafana were on top of their 2018 World Cup group when he was shown the door after his touchline rant after Bafana’s 2-1 victory over Senegal in Polokwane in November.
Mashaba approached the CCMA in February after he was fired for “gross misconduct‚ insubordination and violating Safa’s communications policy” at a disciplinary hearing held by the association.
Mashaba’s legal representative Claudio Bolo said the coach was happy with the settlement and was now looking forward to other opportunities in football.
Safa spokesperson Dominic Chimhavi said the settlement was in the best interest of all parties involved.