Sascoc at loggerheads with affiliate federation

2012-09-22 20:07

Boxing body alleges the sport is being ‘hijacked’

The already edgy relationship between the SA National Boxing Organisation (Sanabo) and the SA Sports Confederation and Olympics Committee (Sascoc) has deteriorated further.

Early this year, Sascoc placed Sanabo under administration and James Letuka was appointed by the Olympic governing body as the administrator.

According to Letuka, “Sanabo approached Sascoc requesting to be placed under administration”.

Several sources within Sanabo, however, say they made no such requests and Sascoc is yet to explain the real reasons behind the move.

In an interview with City Press, Letuka said he “was not in a position to cite who might have done the request”.

A well-placed executive official within Sanabo, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said: “We were told we were under administration, we were never told why.”

The source blamed Sascoc for setting Sanabo up for failure by creating unworkable conditions such as late budget allocations for Sanabo.

“In a meeting we had with them where all this disaster started, Sascoc hijacked the meeting and completely changed the agenda to their favour,” the source said.

Another Sanabo top official believes Sascoc is “positioning a guy (Dumisani Mtwa) from the Eastern Cape to take over as president of Sanabo.”

The source said Eastern Cape boxing bosses receive preferential treatment from Sascoc.

It is alleged they objected to the appointment of Steve Masike as president of Sanabo, but when their objection was overruled they took the matter to Sascoc.

Last month, City Press reported Sascoc was amending Sanabo’s constitution.

This week Letuka said Sascoc agreed with Sanabo that “there were some constitutional issues”.

Letuka, however, failed to point out the “issues” and could not divulge who had taken issue in the first place.

According to the Sanabo sources, the amended constitution draft currently doing the rounds in provincial structures was suggested by those with the “motive to hijack boxing”.

It is alleged that Sascoc’s legal expert Raymond Hack came up with the idea.

Another source who asked to remain anonymous said: “That constitution has been operating for years and Sascoc recognised it. In fact it was in line with boxing international bodies,” the source said. “Now all of a sudden they see a mistake, even worse without consulting (Sanabo).”

Asked which laws governing the sport were consulted that justify placing Sanabo under administration and amending its constitution, Letuka answered: “I think it is the responsibility of Sascoc to assist its members”.

The situation has reached the point where even the African Boxing Confederation has become involved.

Sascoc and Sanabo were locked in a meeting on Wednesday where City Press understands the constitution matter was discussed.

Sascoc’s woes with its federations is nothing new.

Late last year Powerboat South Africa (PSA) was placed under administration and the two parties have been battling it out in court.

PSA maintains the decision was based on conspiracy and unfounded allegations.


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