In a shock move Kaizer Chiefs have suspended Bobby Motaung following a series of incriminating videos that went viral in the past week allegedly showing the club’s football manager partying during the national lockdown.
Bobby Motaung – son of owner Kaizer Motaung and half-sibling to club officials Jessica‚ Kemiso and Kaizer Junior – has largely run Chiefs’ signings and hiring and firing of coaches‚ and been influential despite a reputation for an at times extravagant lifestyle.
A whistleblower in the case that involves Kaizer Chiefs boss Bobby Motaung and others partying during what looks like the national lockdown period has received death threats.
Club Update: Bobby Motaung suspended
As part of our policies and continuous process of monitoring the public conduct of our members, players, and staff, Kaizer Chiefs has decided to summarily suspend Football Manager Bobby Motaung. https://t.co/ofs6o76C1x#Amakhosi4Life pic.twitter.com/LVwFahuvZR
— Kaizer Chiefs (@KaizerChiefs) August 4, 2020
Sunday World can reveal that the whistleblower was phoned and threatened with death by an unknown person who accused him of leaking the video to the police and the public. The whistleblower has opened a case of intimidation at the Sandton police station and investigations are underway.
A cop, who is close to the case, told Sunday World that after opening the case, the victim gave the police a phone number of the perpetrator. “The police immediately applied to the National Prosecution Authority [NPA] for section 205 to retrieve the cellphone records of the alleged perpetrator.
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Motaung was suspended by the club last week after the video caught the attention of the team management. “As part of our policies and continuous process of monitoring the public conduct of our members‚ players‚ and staff‚ Kaizer Chiefs have decided to summarily suspend football manager Bobby Motaung.
Lockdown is for Poor people ask Bobby Motaung 😢😭💔 pic.twitter.com/DU7Y9jM5Mc
— 👑 Black & Proud 👑💧 🇿🇦 (@KingMntungwa) July 31, 2020
“This is a result of a number of videos circulating on social media wherein the football manager is seen taking part in festivities during what looks like the lockdown period. Subsequently‚ the club would like to confirm that Bobby Motaung is suspended with immediate effect up to and including 31 August 2020. “He is not allowed to accompany the team to any training session or scheduled matches,” read the club’s statement.