Ngconde Balfour ‘quits’, but Boxing SA won’t talk

2013-08-02 13:24

Boxing SA (BSA) chairperson Ngconde Balfour has apparently resigned from his post.

An executive BSA official asked City Press: “Have you heard the board chairman resigned last night?”

When contacted for comment, Balfour said, before a question could be asked: “Let me be decent, I’m not going to talk to anybody and I would like us to respect that.”

He then dropped the call.

Last night, a workshop that was scheduled to take place tomorrow between the regulator and registered promoters was “postponed until further notice”, reads a statement released by director of operations Loyiso Mtya.

City Press understands that the meeting, which angered promoters, was called off at the eleventh hour, following Balfour’s resignation.

Mtya this morning said he would not say “whether or not Ngconde resigned”. He instead referred City Press to BSA chief executive Moffat Qithi.

“No comment,” was all Qithi was prepared to say. He then hung up, saying “I’m in a meeting.”

When contacted for comment, the department of sport and recreation director-general Alec Moemi said: “Leave us alone. No comment until further notice.”

The former minister of correctional services’ relationship with his boss, Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula, is understood to have been in tatters for a long time.

In 2012, Balfour did not show up for the regulator’s tabling of its annual report before the parliamentary sports and recreation portfolio committee because “he said he was not going to be ordered around by his junior (Mbalula), having headed the sports ministry before,” said another senior official in the BSA.

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