I would have failed in my duty as an advocate of fair play in boxing to commend Loyiso Mtya for a job well done last week when he called all ring officials for a debriefing soon after a Golden Gloves box-and-dine tournament at Emperors Palace.
I liked the idea. Mtya criticised and commended his officials.
He may not have been diplomatic in his address to these ladies and gentlemen who play such an important role in the noble art of boxing.
Some questioned why Mtya called officials to Boxing South Africa's office while others wanted to know what cap he wore when he conducted that debriefing - PRO or acting CEO?
But this writer, who has many-a-times complained and not been taken seriously by the powers that be that some officials judged personalities instead of fights, was vindicated.
I tip-toed to the ring officials' briefing at the ringside to be close by. I had to pretend to be conducting an interview otherwise I would have been told in no uncertain terms to leave.
Those officials who did their job well were encouraged to continue doing so, while those who blundered were, however, motivated to do better in future.
One such official is Neville Hotz who had blundered.
He scored the fight between Amon Baloyi and Kgotla Baeti in favour of a cleanly beaten Baeti. He and also stopped a fight that did not warrant that and enabled Grant Fourie (who could have been losing) to win against Stanford Mabasa.
I expected Mtya to warn officials that similar actions would warrant action such as a suspension or a withdrawal of a licence in the future, but to no avail and that boggled the mind.
Nevertheless, these debriefings could be viewed by some as Mtya's platform to break down those who do not see things his way which would be unfortunate.