Botha has a million reason to fight the Bulls



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Springbok lock Bakkies Botha has “a million reasons” to fight his case against the Blue Bulls in the country’s labour court, a newspaper claimed Sunday.

According to a report in the Afrikaans Sunday newspaper Sondag, Botha’s “agent” Bernie Habana allegedly paid in R1-million to a law firm to ensure that the lock got the best legal team for his impending court date with the Bulls.

The battle, which was last week postponed until May 30 on agreement by both parties, sees Botha trying to have his five year contract with the Bulls, which runs until 2011, declared null and void so that he can take up a more lucrative offer with French club Toulon.

Habana confirmed earlier this week to various media that he would be paying the costs of the court case, which the newspaper claims can run into millions of rands.

According to Botha’s seven points that he puts forward in his affidavits handed in at the court, his final plea would rest on the country’s constitution, which forbids forced labour.

According to Botha, forcing him to continue at the Bulls would be against his country’s own constitution.

“I have been advised that section 22 of the constitution gives each citizen the right to freely choose his own vocation,” Botha states in the papers.

“I have further been advised that section 13 of the constitution provides for the fact that no citizen may be forced into labour against his will.

In these circumstances, I respectfully offer that the respondent is in contradiction of this through its conduct.”

Sapa – Super14.com

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