Swallows FC chairman David Mogashoa has responded to claims made by former coach Brandon Truter that he was poorly treated at the club and is owed money.
The AmaZulu coach was also quoted suggesting Dylan Kerr, his successor at the Dube Birds, is a “cheap foreign import”.

“I read the comments from our previous coach calling our current coach a cheap import. I think that is wrong in all levels…you can’t call colleagues cheap imports or disrespect them in any way. So, I think because they are working together, they are gonna bump into each other at some stage. The level of respect needs to be there. We are not saying they must hug each other all the time, but we are saying at least respect each other,” Mogashoa said in an interview with SABC Sport on Thursday.

Swallows parted ways with Truter in November due to a string of poor results and Mogashoa said that he believed Truter was waiting to win before making his comments.
Usuthu beat Swallows 1-0 in a DStv Premiership match at the Dobsonville Stadium on Tuesday night.

“I also saw somewhere where he said we owe him money and obviously the club fired him and he did not resign as the article suggests that he resigned. The club fired him because of poor results and obviously he had a contract even though he left the club and there was some settlement due to him. A portion of it has been paid to him and there is still a dispute around another portion so that is the matter that is already at the DRC, so it’s not going…it’s already there. Once we get the date, we will be able to sort out those matters,” Mogashoa added.

The Dube Birds chairman also provided an update from the PSL Dispute Resolution Chamber addressing outstanding amounts Truter alleged was owed to him.
He explained that they have also won their case with former captain Vuyo Mere, who, like Truter, claimed the Dube Birds had not paid him.

“You know people are always very quick to say the club owes them when they might end up actually owing the club people must be careful how they deal with these issues.” Mogashoa warned.

Truter further claimed he was attacked by Swallows supporters at his home in the final months of his tenure at the club, allegations that Mogashoa denies.

“There was another disturbing thing where Truter says he was harassed by supporters at his home and everywhere. I don’t know what he is talking about,” the Swallows boss insisted.

“When we brought him in, we arranged accommodation for him – Truter stayed at Waterfall, one of the most secure estates in the country…no one can just walk in and harass you. Maybe people that were harassing him where his illegal visitors at camp. I don’t think anyone would have gone to do so at his place. The only legitimate harassment, maybe, is supporters carrying placards. But they were not harassing him. We put security measure in place, so there was no issue where his life was threatened.”

By Mazola Molefe

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