Tony McKeever has won his High Court application on Thursday and has been re-instated as CEO of the Southern Spears.
McKeever confirmed the news he believes is the first step to the franchise regaining its rightful place in the Super 14 and Currie Cup competitions.
The decision is a massive one in the ongoing saga involving the Spears and SA Rugby. “You are speaking to the re-instated CEO of the Southern Spears,” a clearly relieved McKeever told keo.co.za.
“The offices are being opened today and my staff are flooding back to work. I will resume my duties immediately,” he said.
McKeever’s application was unapposed in the Grahamstown High Court, which left the judge with little option but to grant his application to be re-instated with immediate effect.
McKeever maintains his suspension by the Spears board was a result of intimidation by SA Rugby’s hierachy and he now has the opportunity to defend the Spears place in South African rugby.
“This has vindicated my assertion that SA Rugby was playing the man and not the ball. With me out of the way they had no-one to oppose their decisions to withdraw us from the Currie Cup and Super 14. But now I intend to take them on.”
By Andrew Hollely