LFAs say regional leadership ‘corrupt’

2015-02-15 15:01

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Safa’s Waterberg leadership has been accused of maladministration by three of its affiliates.

The Bela-Bela, Mookgophong and Lephalale local football associations (LFAs) allege there is corruption within other LFAs in the region.

The three LFAs say they were denied a chance to vote for the new regional leadership, for which elections come up next weekend.

As a result, the three LFAs have called for the congress to be postponed until they have held their club meetings.

Nine clubs from Bela-Bela believe Safa Waterberg president Lucas Nhlapo, a vice-president at national level, and national executive committee member Jack Maluleka do not have the region’s best interests at heart.

One club owner, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said nine of the 14 clubs in the region wanted current LFA chairperson Maluleka out at last month’s LFA’s congress.

But they were barred from doing so after their nomination forms were not accepted.

The clubs staged a walkout on Friday after the electoral officer allegedly refused to accept their nomination forms.

A member of Lephalale’s LFA said people had nominated themselves for executive positions without the LFA’s approval.

“We hear there are nomination forms and we don’t know who signed them.

“It is chaos in our region because people are after positions,” said the disgruntled member.

The Mookgophong LFA has written a letter to Safa’s head office raising concerns about misconduct and unprocedural activities in the region.

The LFA has accused executive members of acting on their own and disregarding statutes. They claim Maluleka gate-crashed their meeting last month and acted as an adviser.

However, Maluleka has denied any wrongdoing.

He said he was made aware of the grievances and referred questions to the Safa head office.

Maluleka said next weekend’s congress would go ahead as planned, as they would not be held to ransom by the LFA.

“We will form a quorum and the congress will go ahead.

“The region is not made up of one LFA, so the meeting will go ahead,” said Maluleka.

Safa’s acting head of membership affairs, Andile Ndengezi, said he was not aware of the grievances.

Ndengezi said he was dealing with many disputes, but none from the Waterberg region.

A club owner who spoke on behalf of other clubs claimed Safa nationally was scared of Maluleka and Nhlapo.

“[Maluleka] has not done anything for us since his election, hence we want him out. He doesn’t call meetings and it seems he only used us to get to the national office,” said the club boss.

The owner said Nhlapo had failed to respond to letters [on the matter] sent to him.

“Even the deputy president [Nhlapo] said he was not a constitution guru and had been running elections without a constitution.

“How can someone in his position say something like this?”

Nhlapo, who was said to be in Spain, did not respond to messages left on his phone.

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