Row over BSA chief

2010-05-02 11:03

Boxing SA (BSA)transgressed its own laws by appointing acting CEO

Loyiso Mtya without the necessary cabinet approval.

Despite this latest scandal having emerged during a sports

portfolio committee meeting last November, this shocker has been hidden by the

big shots at Nasrec.

Mtya was appointed last May after the resignation of

Bongani Khumalo.

The Department of Sports and Recreation has vowed to deal with this

irregularity.

“This transgression should not be viewed in isolation as it is one

of the many challenges that are faced by BSA and the sport of boxing in general.

It is being attended to as part of our overall intervention initiatives,” said

spokesperson Manase Makwela.

Among other transgressions, as highlighted in the report by Dumile

Mateza and Mesuli Zifo, are:

  • Failure to submit the annual report in time and flagrant

    violation of the Public ­Finance Management Act;

  • ?Failure to hold a proper inquiry after the death of boxer Samora

    Msophi, thus leaving BSA open to litigation;

  • Lack of inspection of boxers in dressing rooms, resulting in

    Edward Mpofu’s “plaster of Paris” saga;

  • Management and board members serving on boards of international

    sanctioning bodies without declaring this; and

  • ?Allowing promoters to stage tournaments without depositing the

    fees 30 days in advance, thus failing to pay boxers’ purse monies and

    international sanctioning costs.


Board member Sakhiwo Sodo, who quit but later

made a u-turn without retracting his ­resignation, complained that nothing

positive had been said about the BSA’s leadership.

“The BSA board is being blamed for everything that went wrong. Even

if the sun failed to shine this morning, it would have been the BSA board’s

fault,” said Sodo.

Chairperson Dr Peter Ngatane accused the two-man commission of a

conflict of interest. Word is that Mateza harboured the ambitions of becoming a

BSA CEO, but he denied this.

Since last weekend’s convention could not resolve whether to fire

them or force them to resign, the troubled BSA board could still be at the helm

for the remainder of their term.

This is because the only tool Sports Minister Makhenkesi Stofile

can use to disband the board, the Boxing Act, could take months – or even years

– to be amended.

Stofile told City Press last week that although he wished to

get rid of the board, firing them would be illegal.

He gave the assurance that the process of amending the 2001 Act had

been initiated, but it could take as long as three to five years to reach

culmination. Depending on the urgency, however, the minimum duration can be two

to six months.

“Our intention is, all things equal, to have the act formally

amended by the end of the current finanancial year ending March 2011,” said

Makwela

Legal experts from Rhodes and Pretoria ­universities told City

Press that although it was impossible to estimate, the process “can take

years”.

The three-year reign of the current BSA board commenced on May 27

2008.


emoholol@citypress.co.za



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