SPORTS Minister Fikile Mbalula has distanced himself from the appointment of the Boxing SA (BSA) chief executive officer and the sports body’s chief financial officer despite assurances in September that both high-profile vacancies would be filled by last month.
BSA has not had a permanent chief executive since Moffat Qithi was suspended in 2013 for not disclosing previous criminal convictions during his interview. The chief financial officer post has also remained vacant since Kgosimang Mosupa, who was suspended in October 2014, was dismissed for financial irregularities in July.
But after Mbalula told his 398 000 Twitter followers that the two positions would be filled by the end of last year, it seemed the beleaguered boxing body would finally move towards more stability.
But when approached for comment by the Sunday Times this week after missing a deadline of his own making, Mbalula referred all inquiries to BSA chairman Muditambi Ravele.
‘‘Please ask Ntambi. They are handling that issue,” he said.
Ravele admitted that they were behind schedule and had indeed missed the deadline as indicated in Mbalula’s September tweets.
‘‘We are behind our schedule to have those vacancies filled,” she said. ‘‘We will urgently follow up with the security department which was doing the security checks on the people we have shortlisted.”
It is not clear why Mbalula is now distancing himself from the appointments as according
DISTANCED: Fikile Mbalula to the Boxing Act of 2001 it is the responsibility of the ministers of sports and finance to appoint the BSA chief executive.
The chief executive’s salary is paid by the two departments as government funds BSA. The chief financial officer’s salary, on the other hand, is paid by BSA itself.
Qithi received full pay of R100 000 a month until he was sacked in July last year after a tribunal had found him guilty on 10 of 14 charges, five of them involving “gross dishonesty”.
SUSPENDED: Moffat Qithi
Loyiso Mtya was originally appointed as acting chief executive but he quit while suspended amid several allegations of corruption, fraud and mismanagement.
Masilo Maake, the cool-headed, soft-spoken administrator, was seconded to BSA from the labour relations department at Sports and Recreation South Africa after Mtya’s suspension.
Maake has steered the troubled BSA ship through the turbulent waters of the past few months and Ravele gave assurances that they would speed up the appointments of the two posts to end the uncertainty.
She said the embarrassment caused by Qithi’s appointment was one of the reasons they delayed filling the vacancies as they are going over all the candidates with a fine-tooth comb.
‘‘We must also appoint managers for the Free State, North West and Limpopo,” she said.
Archie Nyingwa, the BSA Gauteng provincial manager, has been running the above provinces in an acting capacity.
But boxers, managers, trainers and promoters in the above provinces have taken a dim view of the arrangement that saw Nyingwa running offices in their backyards and voiced their unhappiness to BSA.
They insisted they preferred to see their own people running their offices and not an “outsider”, as they referred to Nyingwa.
‘‘We allowed Nyingwa to run their affairs for the sake of continuity, but it will come to an end after the appointments,” said Ravele.
The BSA chairman added that they would meet boxers, managers, trainers, promoters and officials in different sessions and ask them to establish their own associations as per the resolutions of the national Boxing Indaba of 2013.
‘‘We are aware of problems faced by officials such as refresher courses, remunerations and uniforms,” said Ravele.
“Boxing SA’s awards must also return before the SA Sports Awards in November so that boxing managers are able to nominate who they want to be recognised in the national sports awards.”