Boxing SA limbo over absent CEO

2014-09-21 15:00

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Boxing SA (BSA) is concerned about the “slow pace” of the disciplinary hearing against its suspended chief executive Moffat Qithi.

The organisation has been operating without a CEO since it and the department of sport and recreation suspended Qithi with full pay almost a year ago for failing to disclose his criminal record when he applied for the R1?million-a-year job in 2011.

Loyiso Mtya briefly acted as CEO thereafter, but was indefinitely suspended by BSA at the end of June after allegations of corruption and maladministration were levelled against him. It was not the first time he had faced sanction after serving a suspension in 2011.

The South Gauteng High Court heard that Qithi, a former Walter Sisulu University chief operating officer, had been convicted for possession of stolen property, drink-driving and drinking in public.

BSA chairperson Ntambi Ravele said the department had since seconded Masilo Maake to act as senior manager at the national boxing body.

“To be honest, Qithi’s hearing has been dragging on for far too long since it started in June,” said Ravele.

“Our feeling is that this could have long been wrapped up, thus paving the way for the BSA administration to act on the matter.”

Ravele, a former Netball SA president, said the process was affecting the day-to-day running of the organisation.

“There are administrative issues that need to be tackled, but it is simply difficult to deal with them,” she said.

But Ravele said she was optimistic the matter would be finalised soon.

The administration of the country’s professional boxing has been bedevilled by a spate of problems with some of its key national and international tournaments no longer being televised by the SABC.

Some promoters have also lamented the TV blackout issue, saying it has deprived them and their fighters of much-needed income.

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