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Maverick McKeever may fail again

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Maverick former Spears chief executive Tony McKeever’s latest bid to solicit millions from SA Rugby (Pty) Ltd, the commercial arm of the South African Rugby Union (SARU), is doomed to fail again … just as his stillborn franchise did.

McKeever, who’s contract as CEO of the South Eastern Cape franchise was not renewed last year and effectively no longer has any say in the matter, has once again claimed that he and other former Spears staff are owed ZAR5,5-million by SA Rugby.

He made this claim as SA Rugby representatives met the liquidators of the Southern Spears (Pty) Ltd on administrative aspects of the liquidation on Monday.

SA Rugby said in a statement it supplied all information and explanations requested by the liquidators, who had to submit a full report to creditors of the company.

This would be tabled and discussed at a creditors’ meeting next week Wednesday under the chairmanship of the Master of the Supreme Court.

McKeever said the matter of the ZAR5,5-million was also on the table.

However, SA Rugby sources indicated that McKeever is unlikely to see a cent of the money he claims is owed to him, as there is unlikely to be any “settlement” forthcoming from the national body – who effectively shut McKeever and the Spears down last year.

Despite no longer having a legal binding contract with the Spears, McKeever is still championing himself as the “people’s official” and even tried to get himself elected as president of the Eastern Province Rugby Union (EPRU). He also failed in that bid.

McKeever has claimed that the Spears will subpoena SA Rugby to court once more if a settlement for the amount of ZAR5.5 million is not reached at Monday’s meeting in Cape Town.

However, SA Rugby refused to budge and simply supplied the liquidators with the relevant information.

“As requested, representatives of SA Rugby today [Monday] met with the joint liquidators of the Southern Spears (Pty) Ltd, to address certain issues relevant to the administrative aspects of the liquidation of that company,” SA Rugby said in the statement.

“SA Rugby duly supplied all relevant information and explanations requested by the liquidators, who are required to submit a full report to creditors of the company, to be tabled and discussed at a creditors meeting to be held next week, under the chairmanship of the Master of the Supreme Court.”

 

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