DA calls for probe into Boxing SA crisis

2009-01-08 00:00

Cape Town — The Democratic Alliance has called on Sports Minister Makhenkesi Stofile to appoint a commission of inquiry to probe the divisions which have thrown Boxing South Africa into a crisis, following the resignations of three board members.

DA Sports spokesman Donald Lee said yesterday he has written to Stofile with his request for the commission.

The three board members who resigned, Sakhiwo Sodo, Mxolisi Tsika and Vulani Baloyi, sent letters of resignation to Stofile before Christmas, citing the “autocratic management style” of the chairman of Boxing SA Peter Ngatane as the reason for their departure.

Among the gripes of the resigned board members is the fact that no board meetings have been held. They also claim that their proposals towards solving Boxing SA’s financial problems have been ignored because of Ngatane’s authoritarian style.

In a statement yesterday, Lee said the resignations, which come barely a year after their appointment, are unsurprising given the fact that Boxing South Africa has been plagued by a series of internal squabbles in recent years.

“Other problems that have destabilised the efficiency of the organisation in the past four years include the loss of boxing sponsorships, mismanagement of finances and the controversial departure of the former CEO Krish Naidoo,” Lee said.

“The everlasting divisions within Boxing SA have a negative impact on the prosperity of the sport in the country. Instead of focusing their resources and energy on developing the sport boxing leaders are constantly involved in smear campaigns and power struggles.

“The minister must act immediately to resolve these existing divisions in the organisation in order to restore public confidence in the leadership of Boxing SA,” Lee said.

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