ASA 'risk' IAAF suspension
Johannesburg - Athletics South Africa (ASA) president James Evans says the track federation is at risk of being suspended by the IAAF.
Six ASA board members
and financial manager Terrence Magogodela were suspended on Wednesday,
said ASA president Evans.
"Six board members have been
suspended pending the outcome of disciplinary cases against them which
have been referred to the disciplinary committee," Evans said in a
"The cases will be finalised as soon as reasonably and
fairly possible if the suspended members co-operate with the
ASA vice-president Hendrick Ramaala, a
former elite marathon runner, Shireen Noble, Esther Malema, Pieter
Lourens, James Moloi and Qwadiso Ntathu would all face disciplinary
Evans said Morgan Matholeni had been appointed as acting ASA general manager.
week, Evans obtained an urgent interdict in the High Court in Pretoria,
preventing ASA board members from taking any further action in their
attempt to remove him from his post, pending the result of an
Evans believed the board failed to follow constitutional processes last month when a meeting was called to have him impeached.
board members continued with their course of conduct, which ultimately
brought them into breach of the court order," Evans said.
Since the motion of impeachment was passed, Evans said ASA had descended into a state of chaos.
ASA bank account had been frozen, despite the embattled federation
receiving a financial boost last month when it signed a new broadcast
rights deal with the SABC.
Overdue payments had not been made,
which included outstanding prize money to athletes, and ASA had received
"several threats of legal action", including from the SA Revenue
Evans confirmed that staff members had not been
paid, and he criticised the board for not pursuing allegations of
improper behaviour in the finance department.
"In short, those board members involved have left the sport in disarray," Evans said.
making... allegations against me of running the sport as a one-man
show, the board members concerned have been taking decisions without
referring to other board members or following any policy and procedures.
has to end if the organisation is to not be liquidated. Money which
should be spent on the sport is wasted on further personal political
battles, and the sport [is] damaged irretrievably."
The special general meeting scheduled to be held in Stellenbosch on Saturday would go ahead as planned.
agenda would include a reconsideration of the decision made at the SGM
in Johannesburg in March to impeach Evans. An independent commission of
inquiry would also be set up to investigate the affairs of ASA and its
"The focus of ASA shall be on restoring the
organisation's administrative and financial integrity and then
rebuilding confidence in the sport, which has taken such a battering
during the past month," Evans said.
Evans's impeachment followed
accusations that he made payments to himself from ASA's coffers, entered
into various agreements and settlements with ASA staff without the
board's knowledge, and instructed the chief financial officer to make
payments without the board's authority.
Evans and Ramaala squared
off in a public spat through the media following the SGM. While Evans
maintained that he was still ASA president, Ramaala, who called the
previous meeting, reportedly claimed Evans had been suspended.