Athletics SA CEO to challenge his dismissal

2012-10-02 14:47

Ousted Athletics South Africa (ASA) chief executive Frik Vermaak has branded his dismissal as “gross injustice” and said he would “take the matter further”.

“I have been very quiet and I don’t have a lot to say, but: I’m not interested in their (ASA) money and all I will fight for is to be reinstated and carry on doing my job,” the 54-year-old told City Press shortly after ASA announced that it had terminated their seven-month relationship since he took office.

He added: “Obviously I’m going to follow the legal channels and I have already consulted my lawyer and we’ll take the matter further with the CCMA (the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration).

ASA announced today in a statement that it had “terminated the employment of its chief executive following the recommendations received after a disciplinary hearing”.

After hearing evidence for two days, Vermaak was found guilty of gross misconduct, gross dishonesty and poor work performance, the brief statement read.

Vermaak appeared before a hearing two weeks ago.

ASA president James Evans said Vermaak had the right to appeal if he felt aggrieved.

“He obviously has that right. We’ll defend ourselves. He never objected to the fairness of the procedure, so I am not sure what his case will be.”

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