Boxing SA’s many chiefs add no value

2014-10-19 15:00

Organisation has boxed itself into a corner after the departure of several chief executives

Boxing SA (BSA) has had nine CEOs in 15 years and is in such a bad state that even our garrulous sports minister, Fikile Mbalula, has run out of words to describe the situation it is in.

This week, the outspoken minister, known as Razzmatazz, was dismissive when City Press asked him for ­comment.

“This is the matter to be dealt with by the BSA board,” was all he would say.

BSA chairperson Ntambi Ravele ­admitted that the current situation had put the organisation in a corner.

“We can’t appoint a new chief executive now until [suspended CEO Moffat] Qithi’s case is finished,” she said.

“We hope this matter will be ­resolved soon so we can see a way ­forward.

“Our challenge is the Boxing Act, which makes it difficult for us to run boxing.”

BSA is operating without a CEO after the suspension of Loyiso Mtya, who was acting in the position after his predecessor, Qithi, faced the same fate for a charge of misconduct (see graphic).

He was relieved of his duties last year and faces a disciplinary hearing for failing to disclose his criminal record when he applied for the job in 2011.

Mtya was implicated for, among other things, taking kickbacks from ­promoters.

BSA?–?previously known as the SA National Boxing Control Commission (SANBCC)?–?has to date seen CEOs serve brief spells in office.

Most of them have not made any headway in the controlling body since it was formed after the demise of the SANBCC, which was run by Stan Christodoulou since the 1980s.

BSA has been without a chief executive for almost four months now.

During this trying period, pertinent issues such as television rights, promoters’ licensing and the sourcing of sponsorship have floored the sport.

Fans have been starved of watching boxing on the box. The blackout has also affected fighters because promoters relied heavily on broadcast rights fees to pay the boxers.

Shepherd Kiviet was appointed on an interim basis in January 1999.

He was succeeded by Mava Malla, whose tenure was fraught with controversy in the same year.

Then came Dumile Mateza, who served on an interim basis between 2000 and 2002. He played a pivotal role in the amendment of the Boxing Act.

Thabo Moseki gave a good account of himself before quitting in a huff in 2004. The BSA secured a R27?million sponsorship during his tenure.

Krish Naidoo took charge between 2004 and 2007 before he too was relieved of his duties. He was followed by Bongani Khumalo, who served between 2007 and 2009 before quitting.

Many critics are asking why BSA can’t have a stable chief executive at its helm like other sporting codes.

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