Locals differ over whether Chuene should be fired

2009-09-23 00:00

AFTER the president of Athletics South Africa (ASA), Leonard Chuene, admitted that he had lied to the South African public about not having any knowledge of gender tests conducted on Caster Semenya in Pretoria last month, some members of the public have voiced their anger to Witness, saying that he does not deserve to be the president of the ASA.

Chuene not only admitted to having lied, but that he had refused to accept advice from the ASA team doctor Harold Adams to withdraw Semenya from the world athletics championships, which took place in Berlin last month.

The Witness went to Scottsville Mall to find out what people think about the matter.


Matthew Merrick said Chuene should be fired from his position. ‘He cannot hold a position like that if he is a liar. What makes me even angrier is the fact that he does not have a problem admitting he lied to the public. If he continues to be the president of the ASA it will definitely be a disgrace. What will this say about our country? We cannot have people like him in top positions.’






Thulile Masinga said Chuene should not be fired as he was protecting his client. ‘We all lie and make mistakes — who are we to judge Chuene? He did what he thought was best for Semenya at that time and he was only doing it to protect her privacy instead of exposing it like others. He also apologised. That also counts for something, so everyone lies to protect people that they value.’






Glen van Amsterdam said Chuene should be given a second chance. ‘It will be heartbreaking to see a man lose his job, which is why I think he should be given a second chance as he acted in the interest of our country. I believe Chuene has learnt his lesson.’







Derrick Kruger said Chuene should be fired and fined at the same time. ‘If he had been honest in the first place, Semenya wouldn’t have gone through all the humiliation.’








Gillian Leigh blames Chuene for Semenya’s humiliation. ‘However, I think he should not be fired, instead he should be given a chance to explain why he lied and must provide a satisfactory reason for lying. He handled the situation badly, but still firing him would be hectic.’

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