ASA official to face the music

2011-06-01 12:20

Johannesburg - Suspended Athletics South Africa (ASA) general manager Molatelo Malehopo has been ordered to attend a SA Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) hearing into the affairs of the troubled athletics federation.

Malehope took SASCOC to court earlier this week challenging its jurisdiction to summons him to a hearing, arguing that he was not employed by SASCOC.

However, the court dismissed his case, ordered him to pay legal costs and ordered him make himself available for the hearing.

In November 2009 SASCOC suspended the ASA's board and several employees - including Malehopo - over the handling of the Caster Semenya saga. All the board members except ASA president Leonard Chuene, vice president Kakata Mopanyane and executive Simon Dlamini then resigned.

In February this year, a SASCOC disciplinary committee found Chuene, Mopanyane and Dlamini guilty of various charges.

It banned Chuene from all sport for seven years, Maponyane for five years and Dlamini for three years.

In October last year, Sascoc delayed Malehopo’s disciplinary hearing, reportedly so lawyers could add further charges.

SASCOC CEO Tubby Reddy said on Wednesday that court's latest decision had cleared the way for the hearing to continue.

"As always, we revert to due process and the hearing must take its course. Once again we have faced questions regarding SASCOC's jurisdiction and the court's decision makes our powers of jurisdiction very clear," he said.

"Malehopo must now make himself available for the next step of the hearing."


  • Tonsil - 2011-06-01 12:55

    Who will pay for Malehopo's legal costs - I hope not ASA

  • fandash1 - 2011-06-01 12:59

    I ask one question and one question only. If all these positions offered no remuneration at all, but it was only about providing a service to the sport which they supposedly love, would they still be making all this noise to hold onto their jobs?

  • SharkNel - 2011-06-01 13:06

    ASA moet die persone na n siviele hof toe vat want hulle wil atletiek(baan en veld, landloop en padwedloop) net verder in die skande bring

  • POLLENYS - 2011-06-01 13:20

    The only "music" he will face is rap - a rap on the knuckles. Athletics, Cricket, Soccer, Netball - you name it - everything is just one cesspool of mismanagement and corruption.

  • AndV - 2011-06-02 14:53

    The arogance of these crooks are mindboggling. Wonder how their close familiy feels.

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