South Africa: Here's Why the Premier Soccer League Is a Right Royal Mess


Outspoken critics say the national sports association is allowing money to break all the rules.

First published in the Daily Maverick 168 weekly newspaper.

It should surprise no one that upstart football club Royal AM turned their legal battle to be reinstated as the GladAfrica Championship winners and their purchase of Bloemfontein Celtic into what looked like a reality show.

The club, originally called Royal Eagles, was founded in Pietermaritzburg in 2014 by construction magnate Shauwn Mkhize and her then-husband Sbu Mpisane, the former Durban metro police constable who was once described as the "richest cop in Durban". Their 2018 divorce gave rise to Royal AM after an ownership battle over the club.

Mkhize then gained fame in the family's reality television show Kwa Mam'Mkhize, which was launched in January 2020 and invited viewers to "join her on her journey as she reclaims her life as a single woman who happens to be a mother, a sister and a business mogul".

Last year, their son Andile Mpisane became club chair at age 19. He drew hilarity on social media in February this year for being fielded in a GladAfrica Championship game, displaying questionable diski skills and clad in long white...

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