The SA Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (Sascoc) has ordered Athletics (ASA) to act on a KwaZulu-Natal Athletics (KZNA) forensic report condemning ASA president Aleck Skhosana for alleged misappropriation of Lotto funds when he was still the chairperson of KZNA.
Sascoc chief executive Tubby Reddy wrote to the ASA on Tuesday, ordering the controversy-prone athletics body to respond within two weeks on how they were handling the matter.
Reddy said on Friday: “I asked them about the audit report and what they were doing about it. They must give us feedback two weeks from the date of the letter.” He declined to share a copy of the letter with City Press.
The 43-page indictment alleges misappropriation of Lotto funds when Skhosana was chair of the provincial structure between 2009 and 2012.
The report concluded Skhosana was not fit to hold any office in athletics “where the management of funds is a component” and recommended that he be charged with gross misconduct.
According to Sascoc, the explosive report only reached their office last Friday, and the Olympic governing body immediately circulated it among board members for recommendations.
This came almost a month since City Press broke the story on the hardhitting forensic report carried out by auditing firm Wesscor Forensic Consulting in September last year based on a mandate from the KZNA.
Skhosana told City Press that it was “unethical to speak about the report as the ASA board was handling the matter. It was delivered to vice-president Harold Adams and the content says I must not get involved,” said Skhosana, whose term in office ends after the Olympics.
Adams had not responded to City Press’ questions on whether he had received the report, and, if so, how the ASA leadership reacted to it.
Sascoc president Gideon Sam suggested that the ASA call a special meeting to discuss this issue.
“We, as Sascoc, will be led by [the ASA]. They must give instruction, otherwise my advice would be for Aleck to stand aside so he can prove he is not guilty of what they are accusing him of,” said Sam.
The Wesscor report revealed that Skhosana signed some blank cheques without supporting documents, resulting in a potential loss of some R4 856 002 between October 20 2009 and June 28 2011.