DA wants SIU to probe ASA

2010-02-24 12:38

THE Democratic Alliance wants the Special Investigations Unit (SIU)

to conduct an investigation into Athletics SA (ASA) and its


This follows reports that former ASA boss Leonard Chuene and

several other ASA officials bought vehicles, including a Mercedes-Benz E class,

from the organisation for the paltry fee of R1, DA spokesman Donald Lee said


“I will write this morning to the SIU to request that this

investigation is initiated immediately,” he said.

For some time now there had been several fundamental questions

about ASA’s management and the conduct of its key administrators in this


“Not only has this particular entity been in financial difficulty

but there is a series of irregularities which have come to define its financial


“Thus, to get to the bottom of all of this once and for all and

clear the air, the SIU needs to conduct a thorough and in-depth investigation

into this institution’s systems, structures and management,” Lee said.

The sport and recreation department itself should not be excluded

from such an investigation.

The minister in particular and the department in general were

responsible for overseeing ASA’s management as such. Its role also needed to be


“If the ANC wants to control every aspect of the South African

state then it must also be made to account for every aspect of the South African


“South Africa’s Olympic governing body Sascoc has also brought

forward evidence of document shredding and has said that deleted computer files

were uncovered at ASA after its interim board took office.”

While the DA welcomed the progress made by the interim board,

revelations such as those of Chuene’s financial mismanagement and abuse

suggested deeper structural problems and the SIU should get to the bottom of the

rot at ASA.

“In 2001 I handed a dossier of information on ASA’s financial

mismanagement to the minister of sport, and to date, nothing has been said by

the department on the matter.

“The department of sport and recreation, and Minister [Makhenkesi]

Stofile need to acknowledge that they share the responsibility for the chaos at

ASA as they have erred in their oversight role and allowed the collapse of a

previously functioning sports body,” Lee said.

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