Suspended BSA boss Mtya faces knockout blow

2011-04-23 16:28

Loyiso Mtya, the suspended acting chief executive of Boxing South Africa (BSA), could be ­dismissed if he does not get ­exonerated.

BSA’s chairperson, Peter ­Ngatane, told a media conference there were two options – exoneration or dismissal.

But Mtya has hit back, saying that he will not go down without a fight.

“I will fight to the bitter end to see to it that justice prevails,” said Mtya, adding that “some board members were aggrieved by ­Ngatane’s decision to suspend him”. He refused to disclose the identities of the members.

Mtya could neither confirm nor deny reports that he had enlisted the services of former BSA chairperson Dali Mpofu, a legal practitioner, to represent him.

Mtya has been the acting CEO for more than 18 months since Bongani Khumalo resigned.

Mtya was suspended indefinitely by Ngatane on Monday for reasons that will be “disclosed at the right time after investigations”.

Contrary to reports that ­Ngatane was a “stooge”, he floored Mtya with a chopping left hook, saying he personally executed the decision as chairperson.
Mtya, he emphasised, will remain suspended on full pay until investigations are through.

“Justice delayed is justice denied, so the matter will be cleared up soon,” announced Ngatane.

Pressed to reveal reasons for his decision, Ngatane eluded the punches like a seasoned boxer.

“Reasons for his suspension cannot be discussed at this stage because the matter is still under investigation.”

According to reports, however, investigations will include alleged ­financial mismanagement by Mtya, with money owed to the SA Revenue Service (SARS) forming the core of the probe.

In the interim, BSA’s financial manager, Tumelo Kekana, will call the shots as acting CEO.

Ngatane pointed out that the ­petite woman “has been doing a sterling job in the background and we are confident that she will do a good job”.

» Meanwhile, it was announced that the one-time disputed national featherweight title fight between ex-inmate Sabelo Jubata and ­challenger Simphiwe Tom will take place.

BSA board member Solly Selebi, who had earlier threatened to strip off Jubata for not “fighting according to the stipulated time”, said the decision was taken for “philanthropic reasons, among others”.

The title fight will be staged by Eyethu Promotions at a venue and date still to be determined. 

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