Khoza leaves media hanging

2009-09-29 15:24

PREMIER Soccer League (PSL) chairman Irvin Khoza pulled a “no show”

after calling an urgent media briefing on Tuesday concerning the recent Safa

election debacle this morning.

Instead, chief executive Kjetil Siem read out a press release and a

letter which the PSL sent to Safa earlier this month.

But Siem got more than he had bargained for as members of the

fourth estate demanded to be addressed by Khoza, who was locked in an executive

meeting.

In the letter sent to Safa’s chief executive Raymond Hack on

September 14, the league had raised its objection to individuals standing for

election who were not eligible as soon as the list of nominees was made public.

Here is the PSL’s statement on Safa elections

The Executive Committee of the National Soccer League (“the

League”) met today (Tuesday) to consider events before and during the Safa

Annual General Meeting of 26th September 2009.

In summary:-

In line with its responsibilities as a member, the League raised

its objection to individuals standing for election who were not eligible as soon

as the list of nominees was made public;

The League’s objection was submitted, in writing, to Safa on the

14th September 2009.

No response has yet been received from Safa;

Safa, it now appears, took advice of two separate Senior

Counsels;

It became clear, at the Annual General Meeting that the Safa

Executive Committee had not properly addressed the issue but rather left it for

the electoral officer to deal with;

When the question of eligibility was addressed by the electoral

officer, Judge Zulman, he ruled that he could not determine the question there

and then, and consequently advised that the election should be adjourned, and

the question referred to arbitration;

Certain delegates took issue with this ruling and contended that

Judge Zulman did not have the power to postpone the election. His response was

that he had made his ruling and he and the Senior Counsel Semenya assisting him

left the meeting.

The Safa Constitution, article 13.18, makes plain that all disputes

arising during the election process are to be determined by the electoral

officer whose ruling shall be final and binding. The electoral officers having

made their ruling, the meeting could not proceed.

The League will provide its members with a detailed report on what

transpired in the next meeting of the Board of Governors.


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