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Chiefs paying their goalie R5000 ‘slave wages’

Bvuma, who turned 22 last month, does not own a car or cellphone and lives with his parents in Tshiawelo, Soweto.

The footie apparently uses taxis to ferry him from his home to the team’s training sessions in Naturena.

He sometimes borrows a car from his football agent DJ Cleo to run his errands.

News of Bvuma’s shocking salary came to the fore after the club’s supporters said they spotted him on several occasions commuting from his home and training sessions in a taxi.

Bvuma could not be reached for comment at the time of going to press.

Chiefs boss Bobby Motaung declined to discuss the matter when contacted.

“Whether you are telling the truth or not I cannot comment because I don’t talk about players’ contracts in the media,” he said.

DJ Cleo, real name Cleopus Monyepao, was also not prepared to discuss his client’s contract details with Sunday World.

“It would be counter-productive for me to discuss my player’s salary in the media. It will be disrespectful to him and the club. Allow the player to grow without all this unnecessary pressure,” he said.

PSL spokesman Lux September said there was no minimum wage rules and regulations in the PSL.

“… therefore it would be difficult for us to comment on the matter because it is between the player and the club concerned,” September said.

SA Football Players Union president Tebogo Monyai confirmed that Bvuma earned R5000 since his professional contract started in March this year.

Monyai, however, referred all the other questions to the union’s spokesman Vusi Ntimane, who laid the blame for the “slave wages” squarely at the PSL’s door.

“The PSL is to blame for this exploitation because they don’t want to sign an agreement of a minimum wage deal with us. This matter has been here for all this time.

“For as long as there is no official and agreed minimum wage, players will continue to be exploited. How can you have a professional player earning the same as a domestic worker? It’s an insult,” fumed Ntimane.

He said the last time his organisation had a meeting with the PSL was in July last year, and every other effort to meet them ever since had been frustrated.

“They keep postponing the meeting, using all manner of excuses. All we want is to present the players’ proposal of minimum wages to them,” he said.

Ntimane said their members were asking for a minimum salary of R35000 per month for all PSL players and R15000 per month for those in the National First Division.

According to our source, who has seen Bvuma’s contract, the young player was given a five-year professional contract that started in March this year.

“The player just signed with his eyes closed because he wanted the exposure of being the team’s third-choice goalkeeper. He forgot to deal with the basics of the contract and now look at this. The boy can’t even afford to buy himself a car because he gets paid a very low wage.

“These are the things that kill our players because the public is expecting a player at this level and from such a club to be earning well. When he can’t meet those public expectations, then he gets psychologically disturbed and will not flourish as a player,” said the deep throat.

The tipster said Bvuma signed a five-year contract that will see his salary increase minimally every season.

The footballer will earn R8000 a month from August this year until the end of the 2017/18 season in July next year.

According to the contract, Bvuma will only get to a double-figure salary when he will be given R10000 a month from August next year until the end of the 2018/19 season and then get an increase of R2000 per month in the 2019/20 season.

If he stays until the end of his contract, Bvuma will earn R15000 per month in the 2020/21 season.

Former PSL club Moroka Swallows came under fire in 2005 when it emerged that they were paying their leading goalscorer Lungisani Ndlela R4500.

The club buckled under public pressure and increased the player’s salary to R18000 a month, but that was not enough to persuade him to stay as he later moved to SuperSport United.

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