Mbalula needs to clean house at BSA

2013-11-24 14:00

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South African boxing is in a state of paralysis.

Section 9, subsection 1, of the SA Boxing Act of 2001 states: “Boxing SA [BSA] consists of no fewer than four and no more than seven members, of which one member must be appointed as chairperson.”

BSA’s board only has three members following the death of Nontsasa Lebaka last month and after Ngconde Balfour also resigned as chairperson. He was replaced by Ntambi Ravele, who was already a board member.

This further reduced the number of members following Dumile Mateza and Thabani Khumalo’s departures.

Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula referred City Press to his spokesperson, Paena Galane, but the latter has not responded to questions sent to him three weeks ago.

The current situation dictates that Mbalula should either appoint an administrator or new board members to run the BSA.

Infighting has also been blamed for the declining of the BSA for years. Members have been exiting one another, while others resigned voluntarily.

Advocate Kevin Hopkins, who represented BSA at the South Gauteng High Court where they are defending a defamation case brought by promoter Branco Milenkovic, admitted to Judge Margaret Victor that the organisation was “incompetent”.

Former BSA chairperson Mthobi Tyamzashe, who successfully led the organisation from 2002 to 2005, had advice for the entity.

“Put the boxer first and create an enabling environment, and there’s no way you can go wrong.”

“It’s not difficult to run boxing, as long as you know that your principal is the boxer. You must also just have one agenda, which is boxing and not personal agendas.”

Former World Boxing Organisation lightweight champion Dingaan “The Rose of Soweto” Thobela expressed his frustration over the shenanigans at the boxing body, calling for Mbalula to act swiftly and clean house.

He advised that ex-boxers should be brought into the administration because they knew the ins and outs of the sport.

He accused the board of not being accountable. Thobela cautioned against shifting people from one position to another, and retaining others for decades while the sport continues to decline.

“It’s high time those who’ve got no valuable contribution to make be removed,” Mateza said.

Eastern Cape promoter Andile Sidinile said BSA needed a board with people who knew boxing and who had integrity.

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