WHEN the boxing fraternity cries, Mthobi Tyamzashe weeps.
This shows the strength of his affection for the pugilistic sport that he served locally with aplomb for three years. But that does not mean the "Choirmaster" will go back to the sport he served with verve as chairperson of Boxing South Africa.
He spoke to Sowetan yesterday about pleas from disgruntled licensees who want him back as BSA chairperson to heal their ailing sport, which is in a chaotic state.
"It won't be right for me to respond or talk about that situation. There are people in that office right now, so I don't want to be seen to be rejoicing at what they are going through," said the modest Tyamzashe.
"I'm an ardent follower of boxing, so when it cries, I cry too."
Licensees credit Tyamzashe with bringing almost R40million to BSA, giving the body the financial clout to succeed in everything it did under Tyamzashe and then chief executive Thabo Moseki. That included designing Oscars for award winners; introducing monetary incentives for those winners; sending boxers, trainers, managers and promoters to the High Performance Centre in Pretoria and introducing green blazers for national champions.
The governing body had money in abundance during Tyamzashe and Moseki's tenure. A recent audit report confirmed that BSA is now on the brink of bankruptcy.
Tyamzashe's strength was that he knew people who knew other people in the corporate world.
Tyamzashe, the chairperson of giant cellular network Vodacom and chief executive of the Vodacom Foundation, was philosophical in his parting shot: "If you have moved away from something, you don't go back to it for you may be controlled by a remote."
The current BSA chairperson is Peter Ngatane. Other members of the board are Claude Bassuday, Archie Jonas and Sakhiwo Sodo.