DISGRUNTLED boxing licensees want Mthobi Tyamzashe back as chairperson of Boxing South Africa.
They say then Sports Minister Ngconde Balfour should have persuaded Tyamzashe to stay on when his term ended in 2005.
He was replaced by Dali Mpofu, whose contract also expired. The current chairperson is Peter Ngatane, who took over the reins last year.
"Mthobi gave boxing credibility and the sport suffered a crippling blow when he left. He brought R27million from Vodacom, R8million from SuperSport and R4,3million from Distell. All these companies pulled out after his departure," the licensees, who asked to remain anonymous, lamented.
Tyamzashe and former chief executive Thabo Moseki also introduced green blazers with national colours for SA champions.
The appointment of Mpofu excited the licensees as they were convinced that the fistic sport would receive enough airtime from the SABC, considering Mpofu was also then chief executive of the national broadcaster. But this did not happen.
"Dali took boxing 100 steps backwards because nothing changed in terms of airtime during his tenure. Peter is also doing nothing in this regard," the licensees said.
Problems began when Sakhiwo Sodo, Mxolisi Tsika and Vhulani Baloyi resigned from the board, citing irreconcilable differences with Ngatane. Ngatane, Claude Bassuday and Archie Jonas remained.
The Boxing Act provides that the board of Boxing SA should consist of no less than four and no more than seven members. Sodo later returned.
Bongani Khumalo, who also served as chief executive, left the office disillusioned in May. A recent audit report confirmed that Boxing SA is on the brink of bankruptcy.
"Things have gone from bad to worse. Loyiso Mtya is trying to keep home fires burning but he knows nothing about corporate governance. Rules have been flouted," said the licensees. "Tyamzashe is the answer to the problems."