Provincial athletics turmoil continues as executive fails to allay clubs’ concerns

2009-12-04 00:00

IN the space of four days, KZN Athletics executive committee have spun around on their previous commitment to a general meeting of the provinces clubs and athletic members to provide feedback on the situation at national level.

On November 18, the president, Aleck Skhosana, stated that delegates would be sent to both the Leonard Chuene-initiated ASA meeting and the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (Sascoc) meeting, under Ray Mali which was convened to elect an interim board. Skhosana had stated that the four delegates were attending only to gain information so that they could provide feedback to a general meeting of KZN membership, where the executive would be given a mandate.

By the Saturday the ASA meeting had been cancelled and Skhosana and Dr Logan Naidoo attended the Sascoc meeting, where Naidoo nominated Skhosana as the first member of the interim board.

These actions raised questions among local athletics members, notably how the delegates changed from a fact-finding mission to being the very first to seek a position at national level. Various additional allegations were made regarding the maladministration of provincial athletics.

The Witness mailed the president late on Friday with a series of questions seeking clarity as to why the executive were not willing to face the clubs and to request KZNA’s comments on the allegations being levelled at the sport.

A lengthy response received on Tuesday evening came with another turnaround, this time confirming that a special general meeting would now be held on Thursday, December 10 , at 6 pm at the King’s Park Athletic Stadium boardroom.

It is understood that clubs and athletes around the province are scheduling meetings of their own to determine their objectives for the general meeting.

Many of the executive responses fail to answer the 10 questions. Noticeably this includes allegations that the province is being run on a similar “basis as the previous ASA structure under the suspended president Leonard Chuene.” Additionally the executive chose not to address claims that athletes or clubs fear repercussions or the playing of the “race card” if they confront the executive with concerns.

The full transcript of the questions and responses has, however, been used by KZNA as a composite part of their feedback to clubs and the notice of meeting to the membership.

“Much of the reply appears to be spin and a side-stepping of the real issues and concerns with rhetoric,” said Kevin Bradfield, one of the first to raise concerns. “These issues are uniting clubs and athletes into action. After last week’s article, we received May’s AGM minutes, a meeting agenda and an executive communication, something they said was too difficult due to the geography of our province. We need to use the available technology better. With information we can assist the sport on all fronts if everyone is open and honest.”

Bradfield has added his comments on the executive’s reply to each of The Witness’s original questions which can be viewed at

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