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COSATU Issues Ultimatum

Mass Action If Jooste Horses Participate On Met Day

Tony Ehrenreich (photo: Wikipedia)

Tony Ehrenreich (photo: Wikipedia)

Tony Ehrenreich, Provincial Secretary of the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) in the Western Cape, has issued an ultimatum demanding that all horses owned by Markus Jooste be excluded from the 2018 SUN Met, scheduled to be held at Kenilworth Racecourse on Saturday, 27 January.

In a press statement, issued on Monday, 22 January 2018 he says, “Markus Jooste is nothing but a looter, who collapsed Steinhoff taking billions of rands from poor people’s pension funds. He did this while he and his girl friend are riding around in luxury sedans. He has also invested millions of rands in the horse racing industry and monopolised the racing and horse sale fraternity.

COSATU is concerned that ABSA allows him to further milk the assets that he squandered from Steinhoff and related companies.

Jooste should be arrested and charged with corruption for the fraudulent financial activities he has involved the company in.

The Stellenbosch mafia are now desperately trying to shore up the house of cards that is collapsing, and which is exposing the levels of corruption that have their roots in Stellenbosch.

We demand an undertaking be given by the organisers that no horses with links to Marcus Jooste will be allowed to participate in the race. Failing which, Cosatu will be protesting at the event for the return of the money, that Marcus Jooste looted from the company for his high life, which was paid for by workers retirement savings.

The extravagance indulgence by the tiny elites that continues to squander the national wealth for their own gratification will not be left unchallenged. It is becoming more clearly everyday that the elite in society have no ounce of morality; they continue to live the high life on the backs of working families.”

In addition to COSATU, Leon Gilbert, the Public Servants Association of South Africa (PSA) Assistant General Manager:  Members’ Affairs, has confirmed that PSA members will also be demonstrating outside Kenilworth Racecourse on Saturday.

There are currently 20 Mayfair owned horses carded for 27 January 2018, nine of which are carded to run in Mayfair Speculators’ silks and eleven to run in partnership colours.

The Sporting Post has forwarded a copy of both statements to Kenilworth Racing, Phumelela Gaming & Leisure Ltd, the NHA and Sun International for comment.

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8 comments on “COSATU Issues Ultimatum

  1. CWC says:

    CWC says:
    22nd January 2018 at 9:28 am
    If I may, the talk of COSATU involvement disrupting Met Day, really now, what about State Capture and the Estina Dairy farm bull….touche….So pray tell if a family member commits murder, every family member is labelled or put on trial for the murder?……..Let the horses run and allow us as punters to enjoy the day with the Top racehorses in SA going head to head. COSATU focus in improving employee stakes within the Racing Industry and not attempting to make feeble Politicking stands…….

  2. Viqui Stevenson says:

    Well, we are all waiting for a statement from the NHRA with regard to this very real threat to the safety and security of all involved on Met day, but especially the horses, trainers, grooms and jockeys who will be on course that day. Is there extra security planned, have they liaised with SAPS for high visibility policing? It should not be the title sponsors problem, they have thrown great wads of money at this event to make it a success, but it is down to Kenilworth Racing and the other powers that be to ensure that this issue is addressed and resolved before Saturday. Let’s wait and see…

  3. Jess K says:

    If one looks at the NHRA’s mission statement, values and objectives, they state, inter alia, that they regulate, govern, serve and promote the sport of horseracing in Southern Africa and to that goal they act with integrity (do the right thing) and responsiveness (act with urgency) and promote and foster co-operation and goodwill with recognized authorities, governments and other relevant shareholders.
    We wait with bated breath !

  4. Hope says:

    What has Phumulela done to be pro active in this regard? Or will the reaction be the same as on Summer Cup day after a week’s worth of rain – throw hands in the air and say ‘what will we do now’?

  5. Pops says:

    Okay so is Tony the Red going to pay the grooms of the Jooste linked horses the 1% they could have pocketed if their horses had run and won?Forget the 10% of the other workers,trainers and jockeys,who Tony most probable will class as elites.

  6. Chris Brown says:

    This is what happens when you are indecisive. Placing a suspension upon his participation in horse racing whilst the facts are uncovered would surely have been the sensible approach. Now the disgruntled will take matters into their own hands and the occasion may suffer as a result.

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  7. Ian Jayes says:

    Reports have stated that the assets of Mayfair Speculators were transferred to Mayfair Holdings and that Mayfair Speculators was hopelessly insolvent. If this is the case, how can Mayfair Speculators still have colours and own and race horses? It looks as though the NHA, instead of having its head in the sand, must take immediate action, as this could have serious consequences. Another serious matter is, that if it construed that the Mayfair horses were acquired with the proceeds of crime, they were subject to forfeiture and should not have been sold until this was sorted out. It all looks a real mess.

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