Boxing SA, boxing league are corrupt, court told

2013-11-08 15:26

Boxing SA (BSA) and the Premier Boxing League (PBL) were corrupt to the core, Advocate Laurance Hodes SC has told the South Gauteng High Court in Joburg.

Hodes said during argument in the defamation case brought against BSA and its suspended CEO Moffat Qithi by his client, promoter Branco Milenkovic.

The dispute stems from the utterance made to the media by Qithi last year after former International Boxing Federation women’s welterweight queen, Noni Tenge, had been stripped of her title after failing to defend it within the stipulated time.

Hodes put it to Qithi that the boxing regulator had a stake amounting to 20% of sponsorship revenue in PBL events – four times higher than the 5% stipulated by the Boxing Act. Qithi didn’t dispute this.

Hodes further revealed to the court that PBL owner Dicksy Ngqula had a criminal record and that BSA was negligent in that it had failed to do the necessary checks before entering into an agreement.

Qithi countered: “That is not my obligation as Dicksy signed a memorandum of understanding with the BSA board and minister of sports [Fikile Mbalula].”

The PBL, Hodes told the court, had from its tournament staged on June 28, paid R6 000 towards BSA’s nonexistent Benovelent Fund meant for destitute boxers and former boxers.

Furthermore, Loyiso Mtya, BSA’s acting chief executive, owns a boxing company, Mtya Boxempowerment. Hodes put it to Qithi that this amounted to a conflict of interest.

Qithi agreed as Hodes went on to ask him to read for the court a printout of SMS communication between Mtya and Milenkovic in which the BSA acting CEO told the promoter: “Your job is just to pay the money and make us rich.”

Mtya, who was listening from the public gallery, left shortly after the revelations were made.

Closing arguments continue.

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