Stofile finally takes on BSA

2010-04-11 11:48

MINISTER of Sports and Recreation the Reverend Makhenkesi Stofile is under immense pressure to finally take action over South Africa’s boxing maladies.

Having been accused of toothlessly voicing his dissatisfaction over the Boxing South Africa (BSA) leadership, Stofile could wield the axe.

Stofile has finally scheduled the much-awaited national convention – which has been postponed twice – for Johannesburg on April 23-24.

For at least the past three years Stofile has spoken out strongly against BSA’s “ineffective board”, “inefficient management”, “persistent qualified reports” and “lack of sponsorships and capacity to effectively fulfil its statutory mandate”.

But his reputation of having a bark that is worse than his bite could be a thing of the past.

“He is putting together a new board and apparently he will make the announcement at the convention,” a highly placed source told City Press. The informant also revealed that heads could roll in BSA’s management.

The national indaba was preceded by Stofile’s appointment of a two-man panel to probe boxing affairs.

The panel, comprised of Dumile Mateza and Mesuli Zifo, made the following recommendations in a 91-page report:

  • ?Disbandment of the BSA board;
  • Amendment of the Boxing Act;
  • Dismissal of the present management; and
  • Registration of BSA as a Section 21 company.

Another measure taken by Stofile, who has constantly been accused of treating the boxing leadership with Baby Champs gloves, was to institute a forensic audit after BSA’s 2008/09 financial report revealed a R4.3-million loss.

The outcome of the forensic audit, which is at this stage closely guarded, will be revealed at the indaba.

At the time of going to press Stofile was not reachable and had not answered questions emailed to him via the department’s media liaison officer, Lerato Mogorosi.

The BSA board consists of chairperson Dr Peter Ngatane, Archie Jonas and Claude Bassuday.

Sakhiwo Sodo, Mxolisi Tsika and Joyce Baloyi resigned seven months after their appointment.

The BSA management is led by acting CEO Loyiso Mtya.

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