AmaZulu boss Sandile Zungu and his former employee Phumlani Dube. Images via Twitter @idiskitimes, Instagram @phumlanidube

‘Phumlani Dube needs help’: AmaZulu boss Sandile Zungu speaks

AmaZulu president Sandile Zungu has spoken out following Phumlani Dube’s allegations about the Durban-based club.


AmaZulu boss Sandile Zungu and his former employee Phumlani Dube. Images via Twitter @idiskitimes, Instagram @phumlanidube

AmaZulu Football Club president Sandile Zungu has broken his silence after the team’s former marketing manager, Phumlani Dube, made damning claims last week.

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In an interview with Zimoja, Zungu addressed Dube’s allegations about the team’s drinking culture and what the radio personality called his unfair dismissal after gender-based violence (GBV) accusations.

“Phumlani needs help. He is angry and bitter after we released him from the team for being involved in a gender-based violence case,” the Durban tycoon was quoted as saying.

In addition, Zungu reportedly called Dube delusional; saying he does not want to face the consequences of his actions.

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At the core of their feud are gender-based violence (GBV) allegations levelled against Dube by an Amazulu employee.

Dube was reportedly fired by the club in November last year after he was accused of assaulting his female colleague in Johannesburg during a match that featured Usuthu in the Carling Black Label Cup.

However, Dube refutes these claims. In his interview on Marawa Sports Worldwide (MSW) last week, he claimed he was unfairly dismissed even after proving during a hearing with the club that he was innocent.

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The fitness enthusiast further claimed that the club has an out-of-control ‘drinking culture’.

“The drinking culture is a big problem at the club. Colleagues were drinking pretty much all day at the Carling Black Label Cup,” he said in the interview.

As a result, Dube has taken the Durban-based soccer team to the CCM for unfair dismissal.

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Dube revealed on his Facebook page that AmaZulu have served him with court papers.

“I have received a letter of demand from attorneys acting on behalf of AmaZulu FC formally demanding that I publicly retract the remarks I made about the club during my press briefing, as well as on the Marawa Sports Worldwide radio show, last week.

“I have also been instructed to offer a written apology to AmaZulu on or before Wednesday 3 May 2023 or face High Court action. I have handed the said letter over to my attorneys to look into it.”

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Dube said that he is happy with the club’s decision “as these matters will now be ventilated in an open court of law and evidence given.”

He added: “An appropriate response will be given soon. Otherwise, I will not retract my comments and I will not apologise for anything as there is nothing to apologise for. Speaking the truth is not a crime. That’s all I can say for now.”