BSA loses second board member

2012-07-21 14:05

Allegations that chairperson and CEO are ‘dictators’, who are not improving boxing

Boxing South Africa (BSA) is in disarray following last week’s resignation of Dumile “Kid Action” Mateza from the board.

He became the second member to resign since Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula appointed the board in a fanfare 10 months ago for a three-year term.

Mateza, who was the chairperson of the sanctioning committee, opened up for the first time since his resignation, telling City Press that BSA chairperson Ngconde Balfour – a former government minister – and chief executive Moffat Qithi are “dictators” and their style of management led to his resignation.

Mateza is resigning three months after marketing guru Thabani Khumalo’s exit.

Mateza complained that Balfour and Qithi arbitrarily questioned his integrity.

He said: “Balfour and Qithi totally disregarded the recommendations of other board members.

They treated us as if we are of no consequence and I eventually got frustrated and called it a day.”

Mateza also alleged that the state of boxing in South Africa has not improved since Balfour and Qithi took over.

Balfour declined to comment, saying only: “I don’t have time for silly allegations and childish behaviour. I have authorised the office to respond.”

Mateza also blamed Balfour and Qithi for the International Boxing Federation’s (IBF) decision to strip Noni Tenge of her welterweight title because she had not competed in a mandatory defence match.

Mateza argued that Balfour and Qithi did not bother to establish a rapport with the IBF and other credible world organisations.

Qithi countered Mateza’s allegations, saying: “For the first time, BSA made an effort to meet all stakeholders via roadshows in provinces, so it is strange that Mateza says we have not moved forward. And for the first time, again, BSA has a five-year strategic plan.”

Qithi added that Mateza was opportunistic because SABC TV now deals only with the chairperson and chief executive, so board members would only be given feedback at a formal meeting later this month.

Responding to allegations that he and Balfour “arbitrarily questioned Mateza’s integrity”, the CEO said the disgruntled former board member would have to “define the meaning of integrity”.

Qithi said: “Mateza suffers from sour grapes because he was not successful in securing the job of CEO.

“He cannot blame us for the IBF’s stripping of Tenge’s title because (the IBF), all along, dealt exclusively with promoter Branco (Milenkovic) and we are in the process of untangling that.”

Approached for comment on the allegations, all Thabani Khumalo would say was: “The atmosphere was not good enough to work as a team, and I doubt if it will ever improve.”

This was in sharp contrast to the statement Khumalo released to the media immediately after resigning: “The seven months I have served as a BSA board member has been an eye-opening, enriching and empowering experience,” read part of Khumalo’s statement.

Dr Peter Ngatane, who was Balfour’s predecessor as chairperson, declined to comment.

All another board member, Ntambi Ravele, would say was: “It would be difficult for me to comment without having formal correspondence with Mateza.”

Minister Mbalula said: “It would be incorrect for me to comment about squabbles. This matter will be dealt with at the right time.”

Mateza became known for his commentary skills at the SABC.

He commentated on the IBF mini flyweight title fight between Nkosinathi Joyi and challenger Katsunari Takayama three months ago.

However, he could not continue in this role after being told he had to “choose between being a BSA board member and boxing
commentator”.


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