Boxing SA CEO paid R500k for doing nada

2014-02-23 14:01

Suspended Boxing SA (BSA) chief executive Moffat Qithi will have pocketed more than R500?000 from taxpayers for doing nothing come the end of this month.

Qithi, who earns just more than R100?000 a month, was suspended on full pay in September by his bosses – BSA and the department of sport and recreation – following revelations of previous convictions before he landed the plum job.

The South Gauteng High Court was told last year the troubled former Walter Sisulu University chief operating officer had been convicted for possession of stolen property, drunken driving and drinking in public.

Sports ministry spokesperson Paena Galane told City Press Qithi would continue to get paid as he was protected by labour law. Qithi is still to receive a charge sheet and Galane said it would be served on him once it was approved by the BSA board.

The problem is the current board is dysfunctional and has failed to reach quorum since the death of board member Nontsasa Lebaka in October.

“The death of that board member made things difficult,” said Galane. A source close to the investigation said: “It’s a waste of taxpayers’ money to pay someone for doing nothing.”

According to the SA Boxing Act, the law that governs the sport, BSA’s board must have at least four members and no more than seven.

But the boxing body has three after Dumile Mateza and Thabani Khumalo resigned in 2012, and chairperson Ngconde Balfour followed suit last year.

Acting CEO Loyiso Mtya, whose permanent position is that of chief operating officer, is now running a one-man show at the cash-strapped boxing regulator.

Galane said there is a short list of new board members, but clearance procedures were delaying Sport Minister and Recreation Fikile Mbalula from signing off successful candidates.

Another source in the higher echelons of the boxing fraternity believes the minister is using the absence of the board as a scapegoat not to fire Qithi.

“The board did not hire Moffat, but the minister did and the board certainly did not suspend Moffat, but the minister did,” said the source.

“The minister must look into the investigation, serve the charge sheet to the accused and make a decision [to move boxing forward],” the source added.

Galane concluded that the minister understood the urgency of the matter, but his hands were tied due to processes that had to be followed.

Qithi refused to comment, telling City Press never to contact him again.

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