Mtya, BSA set for second round in ring

2011-06-04 16:29

Loyiso Mtya had hardly had time to open a ­bottle of champagne to toast his reinstatement when Boxing South Africa (BSA) ­announced that he was not off the hook.

Mtya, BSA’s then acting CEO, was suspended last month by the organisation’s chairperson, Peter Ngatane, for undisclosed reasons.

BSA’s accountant, Tumelo Kekana, was thrown in the ­­cutthroat game as acting CEO.

In a mysterious ­somersault Mtya was ­“unconditionally reinstated without charges” and ordered to resume work six days ago.

The boxing fraternity had initially reacted apprehensively to Mtya’s suspension, arguing that the lack of disclosure that accompanied it was cause for anxiety.

Mtya ­returned to the position he held before being appointed acting CEO, which is director of operations. Moffat Qithi took over as the new CEO on Wednesday.

Qithi, who fills the position ­vacated by Bongani Khumalo in 2009, was the chief operations officer at the Walter Sisulu ­University in the Eastern Cape.

BSA board member Solly ­Selebi said they had not handled Mtya’s suspension properly and were correcting the error but would soon be “trigger-pulling”.

“We erred in our modus operandi when handling the suspension and we are correcting the error, and it is still early for Mtya to celebrate reinstatement,” said Selebi.

“It was just strategic for us to bring him back, as advised by our legal team.

“The reason for the suspension is still valid as a can of worms will be opened at the right time when we reverse the ­current decision, clean out all the cobwebs and trample on some toes.”

Selebi, a former manager-trainer, refused to reveal the reasons for Mtya’s suspension, rigidly maintaining that the
issue was sub judice.

Confronted with Selebi’s words Mtya said he was not keen to engage in a “give-and-take ­shootout” with BSA.

Initially he told City Press he had been very angry when he was reinstated and that he was still pursuing the legal route.

“My reputation has been ­tarnished by BSA as they tried to destroy my legacy by keeping my work, love and passion for boxing on hold,” he said.

“Nobody but God, who gave me the boxing acumen, can take me away from boxing as I am in the game to stay.

“I will not bow down to a puppet master in this dog-eat- dog world of boxing.”

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