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By unknown | Nov 23, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

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Butana "Computer" Komphela, chairman of the portfolio committee on sport and recreation, told Sowetanthe committee will respect the Premier Soccer League's decision to go ahead with the distribution of the R70 million gratuity to PSL sponsorship committee members.

"This does not mean the portfolio committee has shifted from the position of not being comfortable in elected representatives accepting commissions," Komphela was quick to point out. "Our decision is in line with Judge Pickard's recommendations to parliament, that issuing commissions to leaders was not right."

This is the sequel to a second meeting between the portfolio committee and the leaders of the PSL held on Monday.

John Comitis, a member of the PSL's executive committee, had protested to the portfolio commitee that he should have been part of the previous delegation, insinuating that Irvin Khoza, PSL chairman and a member of the sponsorship committee, misrepresented issues in his absence.

Komphela said: "When we ask to meet organisations, we don't tell them who to include in their delegations."

Comitis' actions apparently angered parliament and the PSL, thus an earlier statement from the committee.

"Parliament's portfolio committee on sport and recreation has issued a stern warning to the Premier Soccer League to sort the organisation out, or else the committee will have to ask for the decisive intervention of the minister of sport and recreation [Makhenkesi Stofile]," it said.

Komphela also said: "The PSL was very close to bringing sports, especially soccer, into disrepute".

The matter is now back in the PSL's court where a Jomo Sono-led three-man special committee on the distribution of the R70 million is still to go ahead with its task. Sowetan has it on high authority that this committee is divided on how the money should be distributed.

At a meeting PSL clubs agreed that Trevor Phillips, former chief executive of the PSL, and Peter Mencer from Diversity Management, a marketing wing of the league, were not to be considered when the sponsorship "thank you" money was dished out, despite being members of the sponsorship committee.


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