ASA thwarts motion of no confidence by suspending board members of affiliates

2013-11-28 14:53

Athletics South Africa (ASA) has suspended board members of five of its provincial affiliates for “unjustifiably violating the provisions of the ASA constitution”, the athletics governing body has said in a statement.

The five are Central Gauteng Athletics, Boland Athletics, KwaZulu-Natal Athletics, Athletics South Western Districts and Western Province Athletics, which ASA has accused of being behind a planned meeting to pass a motion of no confidence in the ASA board on the eve of ASA’s annual general meeting this coming Saturday.

According to the statement, the remaining office bearers and employees of the aforementioned members are not affected by the suspension, with the exception of Boland and Central Gauteng, where the CEO and the general manager, respectively, have been suspended.

The ASA said the suspensions were from all athletics activities.

The ASA statement read: “Athletics South Africa has taken note of the attempt by Boland Athletics to usurp the role of the national federation and call a general meeting of ASA. Their attempt is a blatant attempt to undermine the constitution of ASA, especially since an official annual general meeting of ASA is due to be held the next day.”

The embattled athletics federation noted that is was compelled to invoke clause 7 of the ASA constitution and suspend the five athletics structures.

“The members concerned were planning to hold a meeting which they claimed to be a general meeting of ASA, the day before the scheduled AGM of ASA (on Saturday) and shortly before a visit to South Africa by the IAAF.

“Despite repeated warnings that they were acting in violation of the ASA constitution, the members continued regardless,” read the statement.

The five members are represented on the ASA board and they told City Press recently that they were backing a motion of no confidence in the board led by ASA president James Evans.

ASA said: “In order not to prejudice their athletes they will be permitted to continue coaching but not participate in any other athletics activities.

“The suspensions are pending decisions in each case by the disciplinary committee of ASA. In the interim, any individual affected may make representations to ASA to show that they were not party to any decision by their province to act in violation of the provisions of the ASA constitution. In that case the board may lift their suspensions pending the decision of the disciplinary committee.”

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