LEONARD Chuene must think we are a nation of complete idiots. It is bad enough that he is still in his job after lying about not knowing anything about gender tests performed on Caster Semenya.
Fact is that this bum told a congregation of news gatherers at the Primedia studios in Johannesburg that "I can no longer stand before you and say that I am not aware of gender tests conducted on Caster Semenya".
He then apologised and told us: "I felt that at the time I was acting in the best interests of Caster Semenya as a person. I believed at the time my consistent denials would help protect her."
Now he has the temerity to tell Parliament's Sports and Recreation Committee that he never lied to anyone.
What contempt for the lawmakers and all right-thinking people. The man has no shame.
If he really believes he was misunderstood when he made his confession and gave an explanation, why then did he keep quiet when local and international media "incorrectly" reported that he had lied?
The only reasonable answer we can arrive at is that he is lying when he says he never admitted he was lying.
The clamour for him to fall on his sword might have quietened down a bit, but for him to imagine that it meant the matter was done and dusted was a grave error.
His latest outrageous statement is yet another reason why South African Athletics cannot afford to have a man of his calibre at its helm.