bsa board hit by departures

Bongani Magasela

Bongani Magasela

Crisis has struck at Boxing SA as three board members, Sakhiwo Sodo, Mxolisi Tsika and Vulani Baloyi have quit.

Sowetan can reveal today that the trio tendered their resignation letters to the office of Sports Minister Makhenkesi Stofile before Christmas.

Attempts to get comment from Stofile yesterday drew a blank. But Daily Dispatch, Sowetan's sister newspaper in Eastern Cape, quoted Stofile saying he would have dissolved the entire board if it was not for a certain clause in the current Boxing Act of 2001.

Stofile appointed the board in May last year. Other members are chairman Peter Ngatane, from Gauteng, Archie Jonas, from Free State, and Claude Bassuday, who is from Durban.

The board's term ends in May 2011.

Ngatane sounded irritable when pressed for comment.

"I heard about their resignations but they (the want-out board members) denied it. As far as I know they are still board members," Ngatane said on Monday.

Sodo and Tsika are from Eastern Cape while Baloyi, the only female board member, is from Limpopo.

Sodo was diplomatic in his response when asked for a comment.

"I trust that the minister is handling this matter very well," he said while Baloyi refused point blank to confirm or deny resigning.

Tsika had no difficulty confirming his resignation but he would not say more. It is alleged they cited Ngatane's "autocratic management style" as their reason for quitting.

They accuse him of dividing the board down the middle, and are peeved that no board meetings were convened.

"Our suggested ideas and motivated change strategies, which we believe could turn Boxing SA's financial woes around for the better and propel the sport to greater heights, has amounted to zero because of his autocratic rule," said a board member who asked for anonymity.

"Employees run the sport. It is a situation of the tail wagging the dog."

Sowetan can reveal that Boxing SA is in a financial mess.

Sodo seems unhappy about the way the Baby Champs development programme is handled.

"Last year alone the board allocated R1,9 million to run this project. This has serious financial implications for the running costs of the organisation," he said.

He added that Boxing SA must stop staging tournaments, particularly Baby Champs, because it does not hold a promoter's licence.

"When a promoter stages a tournament, he is hoping to get a profit. When we stage a tournament, we can only hope to lose money."