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By unknown | May 16, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Bongani Magasela

Bongani Magasela

Sports Minister Makhenkesi Stofile should comply with subsection two of the Boxing Act and consult stakeholders before appointing a new Boxing SA board later this month.

Stakeholders, specifically promoters countrywide, have had enough of being dictated to by sports ministers when appointing persons to control, regulate and administer local boxing.

They have exercised their democratic right by forwarding a list of preferred board members to Stofile.

This demonstrates their clear understanding of their rights as stakeholders.

The Gauteng Promoters Association (GPA) and the Eastern Cape Promoters Association (ECPA) have delivered their list of six preferred candidates to Stofile's office.

This was done by GPA chairman Mxolisi Gumede on Monday morning.

"We have decided to put together this kind of a combination of board members that will work together with us to revive our sport.

"We expect the honourable minister to comply with the composition of Boxing SA Act with regards to the appointment of the Boxing SA board members," said Gumede yesterday.

The bad precedence of ignoring stakeholders when appointing Boxing SA's board members was set in 2001 by Ngconde Balfour just after the South African Boxing Act (11) had been promulgated. This move created Boxing SA.

Stofile followed suit. His six-member team will bid farewell at the end of the month and it will be interesting to see if Stofile will indeed comply with the Boxing Act when bringing in the new regime.

The six proposed candidates are: Professor Stephanus Johannes Cornelius, a law professor at the University of Johannesburg; Solly Selebi, former chairman of the now defunct SA National Boxing Control Commission; Wilson Mofu, a trainer from Eastern Cape who is based in Gauteng; Len Hunt, a retired world-acclaimed referee and judge, who is vice president of the IBO in Africa; Sakhiwo Sodo, a boxing man through and through and a member of the current board of Boxing SA; and Mxolisi Tsika (not much is known about him).


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