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Mujati back on the radar

Former Golden Lions prop Brian Mujati, who went missing over two months ago, has resurfaced in Cape Town.

It has emerged that the burly prop has now signed a two-year deal with the Stormers and will be joining the Cape Town-based side for next year’s Super 14 competition.

The 116 kilogram Zimbabwean-born prop was the centre of controversy earlier this year when it was revealed that he was considering a move to Western Province, despite having a two-year contract with the Lions.

Mujati went missing after his agent Frikkie Erasmus discovered that his student visa, which had allowed him to play in South Africa, had expired – which meant that his contract with the Lions was null and void.

Western Province media manager Gavin Lewis confirmed to on Thursday that the Stormers had signed Mujati and that he had been issued with a work permit.

“He’s currently in rehab getting his hand (which he broke during the Lions 45-24 win over Griquas in August) sorted out, but he is in Cape Town. The entire process has been above board and is entirely legal,” he added.

However the Lions, who informed the relevant authorities at the time and were in the process of trying to rectify the matter of Mujati’s work permit, have no knowledge of his whereabouts and despite repeated attempts have not been able to contact their former front row forward.

“Brian [Mujati] signing for the Stormers is news to us,” Lions CEO Marnie Reyneke told this website when we phoned him.

“As far as we know he is still contracted with the Lions and he doesn’t have a work permit. We haven’t heard from him or had any contact despite repeated calls to himself and his agent.

“We won’t sign him over in any case,” he added.

Mujati now joins the growing list of signings made by new Stormers coach Rassie Erasmus, which includes the likes of scrum-half Ricky Januarie and former Blue Bulls lock Adriaan Fondse.

By Gareth Green 365 Digital

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