Safa has appointed former Mamelodi Sundowns owner Natasha Tsichlas and the federation’s fellow executive member Gladwyn White as its new vice-presidents.
The two were appointed during a Safa national executive committee (NEC) meeting in Johannesburg yesterday.
But there was drama outside the conference when a group of lobbyists from the #NotInMyName movement forced their way on to the premises of Safa House, demanding the reinstatement of axed Safa vice-president Ria Ledwaba.
The group chanted slogans and waved placards mostly inscribed with messages directed at Safa president Danny Jordaan.
Ledwaba was recalled from her position together with fellow deputy Gay Mokoena three months ago on the basis that the NEC no longer had confidence in their abilities.
“The NEC has taken a decision to replace the two vice-presidents [Ledwaba and Mokoena] because their appointments were rescinded by the NEC in the meeting of June 20. So they looked at the operations of the association and decided to fill the vacancies, where Ms Tsichlas and Mr White were confirmed as the vice-presidents,” explained Safa CEO Tebogo Motlanthe.
Safa did not take kindly to Ledwaba sending a letter to Sports Minister Nathi Mthethwa asking for intervention on internal matters at the association, while Mokoena had accused Jordaan of running the federation like his own fiefdom.
Jordaan refused to comment on yesterday’s protest and instead instructed Motlanthe to respond on his behalf, even though the group had addressed their concerns with Safa general manager Mlungisi Ncame, who they had asked to relay the message to Jordaan.
Motlanthe said: “I would not like to give credence to a lobby group. If you look at their component, it was just young girls who may not even understand what was happening. So we must just call things by their real name. What we expect is that a former vice-president, who is still an NEC member and who has an obligation towards the association, should follow the #NotInMyName movement and say ‘not in my name’. If those people were not representing her, she must come out and denounce them. That’s what we expect, but we are not going to give credence to a lobby group that mobilises young kids to come here to try to make a statement.
“It’s a constitutional disciplinary matter and it can’t be replaced by gender all of a sudden. There are two people who were recalled – a man and a woman.”
Ledwaba was not at the meeting.