‘Outright fraud’ in KZN Athletics

2011-09-05 00:00

THE KwaZulu-Natal Athletics executive has received the forensic report regarding allegations of fraud, corruption and administrative and constitutional mismanagement from its auditors.

A source close to the association confirmed that the keys for the two cars provided under the sponsorship agreement with First Car have been taken away from finance and administration manager Joyce Smith and that she and Sandy Moses, an administrator in the office, are on special leave pending an executive meeting scheduled for tomorrow.

It is understood that the report, which only covers the 2010 national Youth Run and three months of development projects from September to November 2010, uncovers over R100 000 in fraudulent documentation.

The National Youth Run received sponsorship of more than R600 000 from the Sport and Recreation Department. It was co-hosted by KZNA and Comrades Marathon the day before the 2010 Comrades Marathon.

The scope of the audit was restricted by president Aleck Skhosana, who is the sole co-signatory on cheques with Smith. He has been president of KZN Athletics for a decade.

Said Athletics South Africa president James Evans after viewing the report, “This is utterly appalling. This indicates that there is outright fraud. Even [Leonard] Chuene and the others charged with him were not accused of anything like this. There seems to have been a failure of corporate governance on a massive scale. This is going to have to be taken further. There is no way in which anyone must think it can be covered up.”

Evans said the leadership of ­KZNA must explain what has happened. “We can’t have a different standard applied to Leonard Chuene as that applied to people who remain involved in the sport.”

Skhosana, who is also the head of the KZN Academy of Excellence and a member of the Athletics South Africa Board, is due to return tomorrow from the IAAF World Athletics Championships in Daegu, South Korea, where he was named as marathon coach.

Although a provincial sprinter, Skhosana was brought onto the Road Running Commission under Chuene, and became chair of the commission when the previous board was suspended.

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