Clubs want KZNA to answer on lottery money

2011-05-14 00:00

THE KwaZulu-Natal Athletics (KZNA) executive and office are again being put under pressure on their financial controls and administration of the sport, following the disclosure at the AGM that they had diverted almost R1 million of lottery funding to cover the provincial body’s deficit of 2010 without gaining prior permission from the Lottery Board.

In March a number of athletes and clubs questioned the ethics and legality of the executive’s decision. Newspaper reports at the time quoted a Lottery Board representative, Shershan Nai-doo, who contradicted president Alek Skhosana’s claim, that no application for re-allocation of funding had been received from the KZNA.

In the absence of any subsequent feedback, the clubs are now calling for a full council meeting to get answers.

The clubs also allege that the executive have failed to meet their constitutional obligations to hold two council meetings per year.

Constitutionally the council is the highest authority in the provincial structure to which the executive are required to report on and receive mandates.

As with the ASA investigation undertaken last year, if the allegations are proven, these concerns could prompt investigations into KZNA’s corporate governance.

The clubs have also asked for clarity on how and when the vacant post of KZNA vice president, left by Simon Dlamini, will be filled. Dlamini was a discredited member of the previous ASA Board and was banned from the sport after being found guilty on seven charges by the SASCOC Disciplinary Board.

Dlamini is also a board member of the Comrades Marathon Association. — WR.

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