Suspended ASA boss sneaks back into office

2009-11-17 12:39

ATHLETICS SA (ASA) chief executive Molatelo Malehopo sneaked back

into his office yesterday, forcing the new administrator to call the police and

change the locks, has reported

“He (Malehopo) said his legal advisers had advised him not to

accept the suspension,” said SA Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee

(Sascoc) board member Ray Mali, who has taken over ASA’s administration.

“He said that he worked for ASA and that Sascoc could not suspend

him,” added Mali.

Sascoc suspended Malehopo, ASA president Leonard Chuene and four

senior managers earlier this month for their role in the Caster Semenya gender


Sascoc took over the administration yesterday.

ASA staff were not allowed to remove any documents, CDs, DVDs and

laptops from the premises.

Malehopo first left the office “gracefully” yesterday, but then

sneaked back later in the afternoon and tried to get in through a back


“I personally had to call the police after he came back,” Mali told

The Times newspaper.

“He told us that he did not want to leave the office because his

lawyer had advised him not to leave the building.”

A locksmith was called to change the locks.

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