Free State Rugby fight back against African National congr

The Free State Rugby Union has reacted on Wednesdays statement by ANC-MPs Messris Butana Komphela and Cedric Frolick that “nothing will stop the ANC” from reclaiming rugby stadiums from the sport.


The Free State Rugby Union says in a statement issued on Thursday that the union has taken notice of the allegations made by the chairman of the parliament’s sport committee Komphela and his deputy Cedric Frolick regarding the reclaiming of rugby stadiums and in particular Vodacom Park in Bloemfontein.


The union confirmed that the stadium is the property of the Mangaung Local Municipality and that the Free State Rugby Union in 2002 entered into a lease agreement of 20 years with the municipality with an option to extend the lease for a further 20 years.


In terms of the lease agreement, which is a court order, the Free State Rugby Union manages and maintains the stadium.


The statement reads: “The Lease Agreement is a court order and has been drawn up to protect the usage rights and management of the stadium by Free State Rugby who have confirmed that they will act strictly according to their contractual rights regarding the usage of the stadium as well as management and the maintenance thereof.”


The union’s stance stems from the fact that the union’s business revolves around usage of the stadium, the statement continues.


In reaction to the report by Frolick in parliament that the rugby union has claimed R20 million from the municipality for loss of income due to the building process, the statement “confirms” that the amount is in fact R6,4 million.


According to the statement goes the Free State Rugby Union and the Mangaung Local Municipality had signed a construction agreement before the construction commenced at the stadium in terms of which the Free State Rugby Union will be compensated for loss of income due to the non-availability of suites and the use of the main stand for tests, Super 14 or Currie Cup matches’ as well as the loss of sales of season tickets on the main stand.


These losses amounted to R6,4 million which is now being claimed from the municipality.


The Free State Rugby Union once again confirmed their full support to make a success of Soccer in 2009 and Soccer World Cup 2010.


Sapa – Rugbyweek.com

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