'Hands off' the cookie jar

2011-04-18 14:09

Johannesburg - Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula, has called for less infighting and corruption in national sporting federations.

"We want the people of South Africa to know the percentage of the total budget federations spend on court cases as opposed to sports development and transformation," he said at the weekend.

Mbalula was speaking at a general assembly of the SA Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) in East London a day after the High Court in Johannesburg ordered the reinstatement of Cricket SA (CSA) president Mtutuzeli Nyoka.

CSA has indicated that it intends appealing the judgment, which found that it followed incorrect procedures in dismissing Nyoka.

Mbalula said corruption needed to be stamped out and he would not protect anyone found guilty.

"These issues are raised because of the negative tendencies and disturbing trends we have observed unfolding in our codes.

"We have a responsibility to protect our national codes," he said.

Athletics South Africa (ASA) president Leonard Chuene, vice-president Kakata Maponyane and executive member Simon Dlamini were fired in February - following a lengthy court battle with SASCOC -  or among other things, bringing the sport into disrepute.

They were also barred, for varying periods, from holding a position with any sporting code under SASCOC's jurisdiction.

The three men indicated that they intended challenging the findings and the sanctions against them.

In a statement on Monday, SASCOC president Gideon Sam said the basic cornerstone of sporting excellence was good governance.

"The ills of SA sport can be traced back to administration," he said.

"If the leadership is weak then our sport is weak.

"My anxiety at SASCOC is that of marketing. We have big federations and small federations and the problem is that the big ones do their own thing and then the corporate world can cherry-pick where they want to put their money and the small federations get nothing.

"What we need to do is to collectively market ourselves." Sam warned that future funding from the National Lottery was not guaranteed.

"The amount of money to distribute has dwindled in the last three years by 33 percent each year, [which is] not encouraging for sport development at all," he said.

"We've been instructed by Lotto to observe carefully for accountability from the federations, so I must warn people to keep their hands out of the cookie jar.

"You are only shooting yourself in the foot."


  • mursebul - 2011-04-18 14:37

    Idiot, call for less corruption? It is against the law to commit corruption and any other crime, why call for less whenit should be condemned and investigated. This leaves me to wonder how much the minister wants to take for himself?

      MaLemmer - 2011-04-18 20:20

      The WHOLE effing cookie jar!

  • Clive Slade - 2011-04-18 14:37

    Yea right, the cookie jar is reserved for politicians and some sport adminisrators only; they don't like competition when it comes to corruption and infighting

      DeonL - 2011-04-18 14:47

      Yes, the Gov. don't like competition.

  • Makutu - 2011-04-18 14:38

    He probably has a friend tendering for some anti-corruption ish. I just do not trust politicians. NO!!! Go back to your hole Fikile Mbalula!

      BakkieB - 2011-04-18 14:50

      He can't fit back in his hole. Maybe a diet would be a better option

  • Alibaba - 2011-04-18 15:20

    Fikile Mbalula used to polish a bottle of Brett Kebble's Johnny Walker Green/Blue/Gold (whatever) in an hour in Kebble's house. Read Mandy Wiener's Killing Kebble. I can never believe anything he says.

      MaLemmer - 2011-04-18 20:18

      At least Sam said he only shot himself in the FOOT.....!

  • FaxM8 Fax - 2011-04-18 15:35

    Wahahahaha Thanks for the laugh mthondo

  • Trevor - 2011-04-18 15:45

    Thank goodness he didnt ask for "no" corruption or there might have been a strike on his hands...

  • Dougalan - 2011-04-18 16:23

    Of course there can't be NO corruption in sport as long as the ANC are involved. Otherwise they would then have to change their name from Another New Corruption.

  • Gorilla - 2011-04-18 16:31

    Plonker. Has this guy not got a PR division? He should say "allegedly" hahahahaha

  • MaLemmer - 2011-04-18 20:16

    Pot, Kettle, Black!

  • roboman1 - 2011-04-18 23:06

    I did not see you encouraging an independant investigation into Majola's case when he allegedly missapropriated funds from CSA, Mr. Mbalula. Therefore I can only take what you say here with a pinch of salt

  • Hein - 2011-04-19 07:22

    What everybody forgets is that hey are entitled to steal, nothing wrong with that!!!!! Getting caught is the problem because then you disgrace your elders.

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