Safa fires security boss

2009-11-30 05:24

SOUTH African Football Association (Safa) has fired

Brigadier-General Kwena Mangope, who was employed as its security head in

August, amid an outcry.

City Press has also learned that the organisation is discussing

axing Thami Tom who served as personal assistant to former president Molefi

Oliphant as “his position has become redundant”.

Mangope was told to leave by Safa CEO Raymond Hack on

Wednesday.

“I told him that his contract is being terminated as he was on a

three-month probation period. He was given an option to leave immediately or on

Monday (tomorrow) when the month ends and he opted to leave immediately,” said

Hack.

Pressed for an explaination as to why the contract was terminated,

Hack said: “Let’s just say he did not meet the association’s

expectations.”

Mangope is not taking his sacking lying down.

“I don’t think it is proper to say we have parted ways. I was

dismissed,” fumed the son of former president of the defunct Bophuthatswana,

Lucas Mangope. “I am still looking at my options and getting some

opinions.”

City Press first reported on Mangope’s appointment in May when it

emerged that he was to be given the job without being interviewed. This after

two short-listed candidates were overlooked.

City Press also reported that he was offered R200 000 more than the

R550 000 a year that had been offered to the two preferred candidates.

Mangope had been head-hunted by Oliphant, who said he had been

approached by Hack. Oliphant claimed Hack did not tell him about the two

candidates who had already been interviewed and short-listed for the post.

Those in the know pointed out that Mangope was unqualified for the

job.

November seems to be a bad month for those vying for the position

of ­Safa’s head of security.

Zane Cleophas also parted ways with Safa during this month last

year.

Mangope’s departure means that Safa does not have a head of

security – a key position – only seven months before the World Cup kicks

off.

Meanwhile a high-ranking member of the Football Transformation

Forum, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told City Press that the body did

not think they owed Tom a severance package.

Hack said: “There is just a difference of opinion as to whether he

should be paid a severance package or not as his term was tied to that of the

previous president.”

“An organisation has a right to terminate the contract of an

employee whose position has become redundant,” said the source. “With the

restructuring of the president’s office, there is no longer a need for the

president to have a PA.”

In some quarters, the latest developments are viewed as a purge of

­“Oliphant’s people”.

More staff members are expected to lose their jobs after audit firm

Ernst & Young finished a staff audit whose report is due this week.

Many have been panic-stricken at the Safa’s Aeroton headquarters

since the new Safa executive was voted in on September 26.

Some staff members, including Hack, have been accused of openly

campaigning for the Irvin Khoza-led faction that contested and lost the

elections.


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