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Police remove ASA chief exec

2009-11-16 22:44

Cobus Coetzee and Wilhelm de Swardt

Johannesburg – The police were called and locks at the head office of Athletics South Africa (ASA) changed when the chief executive of the athletics body refused to vacate office on Monday.

The South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) had suspended Molatelo Malehopo together with ASA president Leonard Chuene and four senior managers earlier this month, but by Monday afternoon Malehopo still refused to accept the suspension.

Chuene was not at the office on Monday.

Ray Mali, who will administer ASA at the decree of SASCOC, arrived at 10:50am at the offices in Houghton and met with staff.

Malehopo first wanted to prevent Mali from speaking to ASA’s financial managers, but later left the offices. However, he locked his office and Mali called a locksmith to open it.

According to Mali, Malehopo pitched at the offices hours later and tried to get in by the back door.

“He (Malehopo) said that his legal advisers had advised him not to accept the suspension. He said that he worked for ASA and that SASCOC could not suspend him,” said Mali.

Mali called the police and they led Malehopo from the offices. Mali then changed the locks at the offices.

A special notice was sent to ASA personnel not to remove any documents from the offices. This also applies to CDs, DVDs, laptops and any other property. Mali confirmed the notice.

He said that disciplinary steps would be completed as soon as possible and that no suspended person will be allowed at the offices during this time.

It is believed that Chuene is also struggling to accept Mali taking over.

He apparently wants to get a court order that will bar Mali from entering ASA’s offices.

SASCOC will oppose such an interdict application.

Prior to Mali taking over, Chuene had already prepared the agenda for the special members’ meeting at Kempton Park this weekend.

He wanted SASCOC’s interference in the management of ASA, as well as the leadership of ASA, to be discussed. It is unclear whether Chuene will now be allowed at the meeting.

Mali emphasised on Monday that he had taken over the duties of Chuene and Malehopo.

Chris Britz and Hendrick Mokganyetsi of ASA’s executive council have also resigned and this means that Chuene and the remaining members of the council effectively no longer have a quorum.

Ziggy Mutungwa, chairperson of the South African Schools Athletics Society, was also suspended Monday by his council and will have to appear at a disciplinary hearing.

Koos Engelbrecht, chairperson of the South African Federation for Disabled Sport, came out in support of SASCOC.

Mali hopes to restore confidence between ASA, sponsors, athletes and the International Associate of Athletics Federations (IAAF).

“I will ensure that athletes are protected from administrators at all costs,” said Mali.

Malehopo and Chuene did not respond to queries from Beeld.

Mali wants to meet with Chuene next week, but believes they “don’t have much to discuss”.

Meanwhile, the IAAF will not inform Caster Semenya of the results of her gender tests this weekend. This will apparently only be done at a later date.

Sport24

Comments
  • confidential clerk - 2009-11-16 23:27

    Dare I say, Malehopo and the ousted ASA executive have a lot to hide. I reckon there's going to be evidence of criminal mismanagement of finances, and other curiosities emerging from files, pcs and records.

  • Tshepo - 2009-11-16 23:34

    This is really embarassing.....pure circus!!!

  • ImpartialCanuck - 2009-11-17 00:03

    It is no wonder this poor woman has been through so much - these executives seem to be a law unto themselves!! Mr. Zuma, you are going to have to clean house if your country's sporting bodies are going to be taken seriously at an international level - your athletes deserve better!!!

  • Lesiba - 2009-11-17 00:15

    o tla nkga lekgotlo moo

  • Jim - 2009-11-17 00:17

    Hahahaha...what a JOKE!...like the rest of Mandeltopia! Viva ANC...VIVA Zimboonia...here we come!

  • Joe - 2009-11-17 00:29

    what a pathetic joke SA has become

  • EXcellent - 2009-11-17 00:34

    It's amess. Why do we always employ incompetent people to run important office such as thes? somebody is either corrupt or incompetent himself. God helps us all!

  • Draadsitter - 2009-11-17 04:31

    So did he also "step-down gracefully"?

  • JJ - 2009-11-17 05:50

    What a DISGUSTING squable over the scraps, as is being done in ALL the Parastals. I presume there's not one left that's not in ruins. What a JOKE!! Why don't they for a change try something completely different, and employ people that can actually do the job, and not because of their political connections, skin colour etc. The civilized world must be laughing their asses off over this circus.

  • Jakes - 2009-11-17 06:00

    Anything that you wanted to cover up Mr Malehopo? I can just imagine what salaries and bonusses these people have earned, maybe a X5 or four were in there as well? To think you are not performing, there are signs of financial mismanagement, and still you want to hold on to the job? The Gravy Train is gone baba.

  • Franna - 2009-11-17 06:13

    Now this is what I call people with balls of steel, if this becomes the genuine attitude of government and the rest of its institutions and councils then good luck to the lazy ass corrupt officials who are still in their offices doing sweet blue nothing!!

  • Zola Budd - 2009-11-17 06:15

    looks like their running around in circles or headless chickens.

  • Hein - Centurion - 2009-11-17 06:24

    ...and so South Africa stumble from one circus to the next, it's only the Head Clown that changes.

  • Renoster die Grootte - 2009-11-17 06:55

    Seems to me that SASCOC has more brains, class and panache than those jockers at ASA, South Africa deserves better than that. Dismiss the managment at ASA and then amalgamate the two bodies. As I said all along if it looks like a duck, walk like a duck and quack like a duck then its probily a duck.

  • Alan Ingram - 2009-11-17 06:56

    LONG OVER DUE ????? Chuene and his gang of "forty thieves" should be thrown in jail.

  • Shorts - 2009-11-17 07:04

    How very sad that the administration of South African sport at national / international level has been reduced to this pathetic display of gross incompetence, at enormous cost, in this case, to both the reputation of and development focus on athletics. It is truly amazing how yet again the objectives of the national sporting bodies are aimed at the self-indulgence of those in control as opposed to the true needs of the respective sport. We have seen this now in cricket, rugby, swimming and athletics. The rest of the world must be laughing at us. Is soccer next, after the World Cup ???

  • Soope Koos - 2009-11-17 07:19

    Not able or not willing to take responsibility. This is what happens when unqualified people are appointed. It has poisened our country. They can not even comprehend how badly they have stuffed up. Seems as if these specific people do not have the mental capacity. What a shame. Just get someone who can do the job. I don't care who they are.

  • isakd - 2009-11-17 07:27

    well done guys. Now what is the plan forward?? The reason to take over any sport body mean a plan to move forward. now is the time to put it on the table or is this only an attempt to put a show up in front of the media?? We the people and possible sponsors need to know to show our support otherwise the same is going to happen to a new set of people

  • Bernard - 2009-11-17 07:30

    This so typical of how things are in RSA these days. Nothing runs well any more.

  • Capetonian - 2009-11-17 07:39

    Glad it finally is coming to a head...but WHY, WHY does it take so long? How much money are these LIERS and THIEVES making out of ASA still in salaries?

  • da da dalema - 2009-11-17 07:39

    Words from malema "Hands off Mbeki" re charges for genocide on his HIV Aids policies "We must not charge one of our own. If we allow that, the same thing would happen to [Zimbabwean President Robert] Mugabe, and the same would happen to Zuma, and the next thing you know they will come for you," is this the SA we are living in?

  • col - 2009-11-17 07:42

    The honeymoon is over for all the non performing cronies. Be scared ... be very scared , we are going to root you out one by one ...

  • Colin - 2009-11-17 07:44

    What a circus!! This is SUCH an embarassment! First they ruin the life of a young innocent girl, and now this??? At least have the good grace to bow out when you have botched so badly!

  • Colin - 2009-11-17 07:45

    What a circus!! This is SUCH an embarassment! First they ruin the life of a young innocent girl, and now this??? At least have the good grace to bow out when you have botched so badly!

  • ZAPHIRE - 2009-11-17 08:10

    Malehopo`s days are long overdue. It is fair that the entire management team of Chuene goes, so that we can have a new recipe`. Bye-bye Molatelo Malehopo. No one is above the law in South Africa and if you are told to leave, you must leave. Otherwise Bheki Cele will take you head on with his armed forces. Your resistance shows us that there is something behind that you are trying to shield. Go home peacefully and do your gardening boy.

  • Terry - 2009-11-17 08:15

    Ho-hum.... another day in the life of South Africans! This ongoing political intrigue of bumbling incompetence, factions vying for power, etc. will only end when people are appointed to senior positions on merit instead of skin colour and political affiliation. But with the ANC running the show that isn't going top happen in South Africa for a loooong time ..... if ever.

  • Noko ya Mosebe - 2009-11-17 08:18

    Why South africa have such alot of story to tell....I wish i was a writer(author)I believe i will have mae alot of millions withun these short space of time.Story are hanging very well just waiting someone to compile them formaaly

  • Jakes - 2009-11-17 08:33

    Remember how ex Gauteng Athletics President Mr Mothibe was banned from athletics by Chuene and his croonies? Mr Mothibe is unfortunately one of the most humble men in our country and thank heavens he was able to pick up the pieces and moved on with his life. CGA was a better organisation at the helm of Mr Mothibe. Chuene when initially was exposed for corruption quickly moved to have Mr Mothibe axed, the irony is that the two are founder members of Diepkloof Athletics Club and were the best of friends the difference was that Mr Mothibe was not Politically connected but educated and a brilliant administrator, was most concernd about development and never took a salary home from ASA or CGA. Chuene well, what goes around comes around. Hope he enjoys the salaries he paid himself, not it him who forcibly changed the Atheletic code for Presidents for earn a salary - It was for the love of the sport chuene not for the money, you missed the point.

  • Concerned SA - 2009-11-17 08:59

    ...............and these are the same arrogant, or rather incompetent arrogant, sports leaders that believe that we will be in the running for an Olympic bid, because Africa is 'owed' one! Get real. You are simply passengers on an overloaded gravy train full of wallys that have been placed due to nepotism, ANC connections, tribalism, AA etc etc etc, and nothing to do with skills. You couldnt organise a piss up in a brewery, never mind the Olympics! All aspects of SA leadership, top positions etc, are unfortunately sliding down the same slippery slope. Mr Zuma, please take a firm stance and head our country on the road to recovery! Time is running out. You have inherited a great infrastructure. Zimbabwe could otherwise be looming!

  • Graham du Toit - 2009-11-17 13:47

    Julius!!!!! Where are you when we need your help! Help us - come sprout nonsense and give us some cover so we can steal the files. Hurry!!!

  • Graham du Toit - 2009-11-17 13:48

    Julius!!!!! Where are you when we need your help! Help us - come sprout nonsense and give us some cover so we can steal the files. Hurry!!!

  • @Noko ya Mosebe - 2009-11-18 13:07

    Noko ya Mosebe 11/17/2009 8:18 AM LMAO start the book you will be able to put the chapters in order, everyone is writing books these days, get a publisher and ISBN number and have it published. There is a lot of juicy stories happening in SA....police called to remove chief executive, CEO & staff of ASA get suspended they return to work, CEO of Eskom gets locked out of building and the list can go on. It is a crying shame what the country has become a real crying shame

  • HANDS IN THE COOKIE JAR!!!!!! - 2009-11-18 13:10

    "Malehopo first wanted to prevent Mali from speaking to ASA’s financial managers, but later left the offices. However, he locked his office and Mali called a locksmith to open it." what has he been doing, did he have his hands in the cookie jar. What is done in the dark sure comes to surface, nothing stays hidden that cannot be revealed. Mali needs to have an audit done on the books I am sure there is MILLIONS missing

  • @da da malema - 2009-11-18 13:13

    da da dalema 11/17/2009 7:39 AM "Words from malema "Hands off Mbeki" re charges for genocide on his HIV Aids policies "We must not charge one of our own. If we allow that, the same thing would happen to [Zimbabwean President Robert] Mugabe, and the same would happen to Zuma, and the next thing you know they will come for you," is this the SA we are living in? " ROFLMAO I did not read the article is that what Juju said......he seems to have a lot of clout in government, it is like his word is law and order!!!!!!!! Is Juju running for presidency or what, that everyone bows down to the things he says

  • Funu - 2009-11-19 12:29

    Wow, am I deaf or it's that Juju's silence is overwhelmingly deafening? Has the orator run out of words. Is he now tongue tied? How the loud have turned bashful. Even Malemalogy can't spin itself out of this one, heh!!!! So should we take this charlatan seriously in future, a man who uses fear everytime he opens his mouth. What a shame that we currently do not have youth leaders with some clout unlike this current amorphous crop of youth political leadership

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