New moves may keep Khoza out

2012-10-20 20:49

Proposed amendments to the SA Football Association (Safa) constitution are being viewed as an attempt to prevent top administrators Irvin Khoza and Mandla “Shoes” Mazibuko from contesting for the president’s position next year.

It has been proposed that the SA Schools Football Association (Sasfa), which is headed by Mazibuko and is an associate member of Safa, be reduced to a subcommittee.

It has also been proposed that the chairman of the Premier Soccer League (PSL) will not be eligible to stand for elections.

If the move goes ahead, Mazibuko would be prohibited from standing for the Safa presidency. Khoza is a chairperson of the PSL, which is Safa’s special member.

A Safa source who spoke on condition of anonymity added that subcommittee members had limited powers, unlike associate members who run their own affairs and have their own constitution.

With a year to go, some structures of the association feel that lobbying for positions has begun, and Khoza and Mazibuko are already being targeted.

Among the proposals coming from Safa regions that will be tabled at a special constitutional congress are:

»To examine the possibility of terminating associate membership to reduce them to subcommittees with less influence;

»To review the voting rights of the national executive committee (NEC) members;

»To cluster subcommittees, reducing them from 23 to eight; and

»To review the PSL chairman’s eligibility for the presidency.

The PSL – of which Khoza is chairman – is a special member of Safa, which automatically makes him vice-president.

The proposed amendments are a response to the fact that because he is guaranteed the vice-presidency, he should not be eligible to run for the presidency.

Mazibuko, a Safa vice-president, was nominated and elected by regions. He is president of Sasfa.

If the proposal goes through, all associate members will be reduced to subcommittees.

A source from Safa’s NEC said Mazibuko was seconded by Sasfa as he did not belong to a region.

“The regions accepted his nomination and that’s how he was brought in.”

Sasfa secretary-general Steve Pila acknowledged the motion came from two regions, Amathole and uMgungundlovu.

He said it would be unfortunate for members to even consider the motion as Sasfa was Safa’s biggest associate member.

“Sasfa is an independent body with its own constitution so I don’t think the proposal will be taken into consideration.”

Amathole president Andile Ndengezi said: “The role of associate members needed to be redefined. We don’t understand why they should be allowed to vote. Our relationship with them needs to be clarified.”

uMgungundlovu president Eric Mtshatsha said the move was a compliance issue.

“There are a lot of issues that we need to revisit and to iron out with our associate members. Some of them don’t comply with our regulations.

They don’t submit their audited financial statements and this is a serious concern. Is Shoes paranoid?” he asked.

Mazibuko said: “I am not the one who proposed this so I don’t think it will be wise for me to comment.”

A regional member who spoke on condition of anonymity, accused the NEC of taking decisions without consulting members.

“We are challenging some unconstitutional decisions that were taken by the NEC. We cannot allow NEC members to impose things on us. All these decisions were planned to accommodate the FTF (Football Transformation Forum),” he said.

The FTF is a lobby group that put the current leadership in power in 2009. Safa vice-president Danny Jordaan is the FTF president.

Mazibuko was one of those removed from heading a committee when he was deposed from chairing the Safa finance committee in August.

The explanation given by Safa was that the move to reduce subcommittees from 23 to eight was one of the recommendations of an ad hoc committee on cost-cutting measures.

Safa chief executive officer Dr Robin Peterson, who was tasked with arranging the constitutional congress, said the date had not been confirmed. He added the motions were not directed at any individuals and should not be perceived as witch-hunting.

He said Mazibuko was elected by regions, not Sasfa.

“This has nothing to do with Shoes and it will also not affect him. It’s about the status of all associate members.

“The associate member issue has been deferred until the special congress.”

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