Sascoc warns Athletics SA: Stop the war!

2013-03-31 10:00

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Warring bosses of Athletics SA (ASA) have been warned to stop their “email war”.

This comes as impeached ASA president James Evans and acting president Hendrick Ramaala continue to exchange e-mails about running the organisation.

SA Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (Sascoc) warned that it “reserved its rights” if the public spats continue.

In 2009, Sascoc took over administration of the ASA when its then President Leonard Chuene was ousted.

Sascoc chief executive Tubby Reddy warned Evans and Ramaala against engaging in a public spat, and to allow the arbitration process to take place.

Evans was impeached in absentia earlier this month – eight months after he was elected – a move that he disputed.

Sascoc was responding to Evans’ most recent communique, in which he issued a notice for a special general meeting in Cape Town next month.

In the unsigned notice, which was circulated by ASA technical director Pieter de Jager, Evans wrote that the meeting would set aside his impeachment, as well as look at the appointment of an independent commission of inquiry to investigate the affairs of ASA.

But Reddy warned that such a meeting could not be called as the arbitration process had been commissioned. A date for arbitration is yet to be set.

Ramaala said his board had recalled Evans’ notice, which was addressed to provincial, associate and commission members on March 21.

“He (Evans) insists that he is still the president until the court or the arbitrator decides otherwise. The matter is with arbitration and, hopefully, the date will be decided after the Easter holidays,” said Ramaala.

Evans has now accused Ramaala of trying to cancel the meeting, which would have coincided with the SA Senior Championships in Cape Town, which begins on April 12.

He said: “Arbitration can’t prevent provinces’ right to call a meeting. The constitution says if one-third of provinces ask for the meeting, it must happen, as seven (out of 17 ASA provincial demarcations) have asked for it.

“Arbitration should have dealt with this matter urgently, but it has taken too long and has lost any credibility.

“They are carrying on as if the decision was legal and final, but (are) then delaying arbitration.”

ASA has called for a tribunal on Evans to answer to, among other allegations, that he paid himself allowances from ASA’s coffers, and entered into various agreements and settlements with axed CEO Frik Vermaak and former ASA general manager Molatelo Malehopo without the board’s knowledge.

But Evans countered by saying that “some board members had rushed to try to get rid of me instead of investigating issues in the finance department”.

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