Safa bigwig faces the chop

2014-09-14 15:00

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Vice-president on his way out after remarks about former Bafana Bafana coach Gordon Igesund

The SA Football Association (Safa) has decided to expel its beleaguered vice-president Chief Mwelo Nonkonyana.

The decision to expel Nonkonyana was taken by the national executive committee (NEC) at a meeting in July following a protracted battle with the outspoken administrator that dates back to December 2012.

All that is left is for the decision to be ratified by the local football governing body’s congress at its annual general meeting on October 11.

But Nonkonyana, who has been on suspension since his remarks about former Bafana Bafana coach Gordon Igesund almost a year ago, told City Press on Friday he was unaware of his pending expulsion.

“I don’t know anything about what you are talking about. The only thing I know is that I am in court with the association. I don’t have a court date as yet,” said a perplexed Nonkonyana.

But City Press has it on good authority that the NEC took a resolution stipulating Nonkonyana should have shown by no later than August 25 “a cause either in person or in writing why he should not be further suspended until the next congress and why he should not be expelled from Safa by the said congress for serious violations of the Safa statutes”.

Safa CEO Dennis Mumble said Nonkonyana failed to meet the given deadline and thus it was up to the congress to make the final decision.

“It is either they endorse the NEC’s decision or they reject it,” said Mumble.

He said in the event Nonkonyana is expelled, a new vice-president will have to be elected or co-opted at the same congress.

The last straw was when Nonkonyana pronounced Igesund should win the African Nations Championship, or do the right thing and resign.

In April, Nonkonyana pleaded guilty in exchange for leniency and the lifting of his suspension when he appeared before the disciplinary committee.

But he allegedly wrote to the SA Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee requesting its urgent intervention after the NEC did not lift his suspension a month later.

This only added to his woes as it was a violation of the conditions of his ­suspension, according to City Press’ source.

Meanwhile, tensions have reached fever pitch within the Safa eThekwini region, with the football transformation forum (FTF) structure issuing a heated statement this week.

The region held elections on August 2, which were later nullified by Safa.

Vice-president Lucas Nhlapo has been tasked with resolving the matter, but the media war has continued unabated.

In the statement attributed to Zama Buthelezi, the FTF eThekwini region coordinator, the structure said in a meeting held on Monday they had “agreed to write a media statement to correct all negative reports made by the illegal permanent structure [the regional executive committee] through the media”.

They then urged Safa “to fast-track the process of charging the wrongdoer and ensuring that we sort the issue of parallel structures and elect proper leadership in the region that will take this region to the level it deserves”.

Chief’s charges

December 22 2012: As acting president, he twice prevented the NEC from meeting after members had asked for an urgent gathering.

January 3 2013: Declared NEC’s decisions who had eventually met null, doing this in the presence of Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula.

January 4 2013: He met with the minister to reiterate his stance of declaring the the NEC’s decisions null and void.

March 22 2013: The NEC orders the legal committee chairperson to draft disciplinary charges against Nonkonyana following information from Fifa that Nonkonyana wrote to it questioning the NEC’s authority over the Emergency Committee.

Safa is informed by Sascoc that Nonkonyana had submitted a complaint over Safa’s OR Tambo region elections (this was in breach of Safa Statutes).

September 30 2013: Nonkonyana pronounces policy positions of the ­association with respect to women’s football without authorisation.

August 14 2013: Nonkonyana takes the association and the Safa OR Tambo region to court, in violation of article 71.1 of the Safa statutes, incurring costs of R230?000 for the association.

October 2013: Nonkonyana pronounces a position in respect of head coach Gordon Igesund without authorisation.

October 2013: Nonkonyana is suspended by the NEC.

April 9 2014: Nonkonyana enters a guilty plea in exchange for leniency and the lifting of his suspension.

May 31 2014: Safa NEC deliberates on the matter and requests additional information.

June 2 2014: Nonkonyana writes to Sascoc requesting their urgent intervention as NEC had not lifted his suspension. This is another violation of the conditions of his suspension.

July 3 2014: Nonkonyana breaks protocol by writing to individual NEC members after he was informed that his matter will be discussed at the next NEC meeting, scheduled for mid-August.

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