Evidence of fraud in KZN Athletics

2011-08-13 00:00

THE newly appointed president of Athletics South Africa (ASA), James Evans, has been thrown headlong into a challenge to clean up athletics.

It has been confirmed that there is “prima facie evidence” of fraud in KZN Athletics under the presidency of Aleck Skhosana and his executive.

This was told to former treasurer John Hall by a Pietermaritzburg lawyer connected with one of the sport’s major bodies.

Evans will need to consider whether the reputation of the sport and the country can be risked by keeping Skhosana as part of the team management for the World Championships in South Korea at the end of the month.

He will also need to ponder what to do with the nomination of Blanche Moila for an IAAF Committee.

Moila, who is also a member of the KZN Athletics executive, opted to remain silent and hold her place on both boards, despite being briefed on the extent of the alleged fraud by her Savages club chairperson and chairperson of the intervention committee, Kevin Bradfield.

While they are under investigation, the inclusion of Moila and Skhosana in national and international activities is a high-risk strategy. Their attendance in Daegu at the IAAF Congress meeting could easily see their roles in KZN Athletics management and corporate governance come under the international spotlight.

Evans’s post-election undertaking to clean up the sport will be the toughest of tasks given that both Skhosana and Moila sit on the ASA board.

When ASA received a petition from numerous clubs requesting that all KZN executive members be withdrawn from last month’s elections, Evans stated that he awaited confirmation of prima facie evidence of fraud and/or corruption. This has now been confirmed by the auditors.

Auditors are investigating the section of the KZNA accounts submitted by Hall at the June council meeting.

An interim discussion with them confirms that there are numerous fraudulent documents in the documentation submitted by finance and administration manager Joyce Smith in relation to the 2010 Youth Run.

The event was co-hosted by the Comrades Marathon Association and KZN Athletics and was sponsored with over R600 000 of public funds from the Sport and Recreation Department.

“It is in the interests of the sport and the country that we do not risk embarrassment internationally,” said Bradfield, chairperson of the intervention committee charged by the council to follow through on the KZNA financials.

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