Boxing promoters welcome appointment of Lejake

2016-05-25 06:00

THE Eastern Cape Boxing Promoters Association has welcomed the appointment of Tsholofelo Lejake as chief executive officer of Boxing South Africa (BSA).

Lejake, the former chief director of sport: corporate services, was appointed to the position by Sport and Recreation Minister Fikile Mbabula last Friday.

BSA has not had a CEO since the suspension and ultimate firing of former CEO Moffat Qithi, followed by the resignation of director of operations Loyiso Mtya, who was acting as CEO pending investigations of alleged shady dealings.

Mbalula also announced several positive moves aimed at taking boxing to the next level, including a shot in the arm of a grant of least R11-million and the appointments of chief financial officer Thabang Moses and director Sabelo Silinga.

The minister also revealed plans for 2015 Federation of the Year SANABO, which is in charge of open boxing in the country under the guidance of the Eastern Cape’s Andile Mofu as president.

“We would like to congratulate and welcome the appointment of Tsholofelo Lejake as the new BSA CEO,” the Eastern Cape promoters said in a statement.

“We believe his appointment is the confirmation of our long-held view that boxing needs an injection of new ideas, new energy and verve, and most importantly, a person who would understand the changing environment in the boxing world.”

Mbalula said the changes he introduced, were aimed at finally bringing order and stability to boxing and were a directive from the National Boxing Indaba resolutions which were a milestone in rejuvenating the sport in all its facets.

The promoters agreed that they are very confident that Lejake’s appointment would assist boxing to claim its rightful place as one of the top three sports codes in the country.

“We undertake to give him full support in achieving the key objectives of boxing in South Africa,” the promoters said, adding, however, that this did not mean they would abandon their right to differ and voice their concerns if and when it was necessary.

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