Graeme Joffe

ASA meeting raises issues

2013-03-08 10:31
Sport24 columnist Graeme Joffe (File)
The Athletics South Africa (ASA) special meeting this weekend raises some serious issues, not only about the state of the sport in the country but also the politics, hidden agendas and real reason for the gathering.

Why was SASCOC CEO, Tubby Reddy receiving correspondence from ASA board members, immediately after an ASA board meeting?

Why was he allowing it?

Was he encouraging spying?

Why did SASCOC meet with a faction of the ASA board despite a request from the president using formal channels for a postponement?

And why is SASCOC bankrolling a meeting called by the “rebels” but not providing any financial support to ASA to pay athletes, staff or suppliers?

Once again, it just shows you how underhand SASCOC are and they will do their utmost to get rid of any administrator who asks questions and doesn’t play by their “dirty rule” book.

Over the last two years, SASCOC has played very similar damaging roles in Powerboating, Karate, Boxing, Squash and a couple of other sporting codes. The majority of these codes are still in a state of disrepair and financial ruin.

So much for the divine intervention of the “untouchable” SASCOC administrators. 

The battle for power in SA Powerboating is far from over despite some of the incumbents thinking they’ve got everything under control. In fact, they may want to look over the shoulder now that their links with individuals in the Free State website scandal have been uncovered. 

Rev those engines boys!

Meanwhile, does anyone know where SASCOC and the Sports Minister are at with the SAFA match fixing allegations?

Meeting after meeting, whiskey after whiskey but still no firm decision on what action should be taken.

The three month deliberation involved three options:

1. A judicial commission of inquiry into SAFA?
2. SASCOC to lay off SAFA?
3. SASCOC getting further instructions on how to proceed?

Obviously nothing urgent about one of the biggest scandals in SA sporting history and in the end, SAFA will decide their own terms of reference for an inquiry.

How convenient!  

SAFA reportedly R100 million in the red but it is business as usual.

History repeats itself over and over with SASCOC and their bullying tactics and if you budge, they quickly say “you bringing SASCOC and the sport into disrepute and expect legal action” - knowing full well you may not have the clout to take them on.

Well, I’ve got news for Mr Reddy and his cronies.

And just for the record - what is the definition of "disrepute"?

It isn't defined in any law and certainly not in the SASCOC constitution, yet it is the charge they use the most.

So if you say/do something bad, is it "disrepute" or do you have to do something worse?

Or is it in fact SASCOC president, Gideon Sam who has brought SA sport and SASCOC into "disrepute"?

What about promising 12 medals in London and not getting them?

Is that "disrepute"? 

Why has no-one tried charging SASCOC, or do they have monopoly on "disrepute" charges?

Being a section 21 company doesn’t exclude SASCOC from complying with South African legislation, not least of which is the Companies Act, Promotion of Freedom of Information Act, Income Tax Act etc.

The ASA rebels backed by SASCOC are hoping to impeach ASA president, James Evans this weekend but if anyone should be impeached, it’s the SASCOC president and the CEO for their continued lies, unconstitutional behaviour and corrupt practices.

"To oppose corruption in government is the highest obligation of patriotism.” - G. Edward Griffin
I’m proudly South African!

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