Back up your allegations or learn to shut up

Terry Pettifer made a serious accusation in a weekend paper that "there are certain reporters who are paid to write bad about us".

Terry Pettifer made a serious accusation in a weekend paper that "there are certain reporters who are paid to write bad about us".

The interview was about the defection of Isaac Hlatswayo from Pettifer's boss Rodney Berman to Branco Milenkovic.

Pettifer must name those reporters who I believe will need to be dealt with appropriately.

I think I must remind you (Pettifer) about the commission of inquiry into local football some years ago. Well some "reporters" whose names were at first mentioned in corridors were ultimately made public and some lost their jobs.

It was after that commission that we began to know that some of our brothers had African names. We had always known them by their colonial names.

Their white counterparts whose names are known even today are still with us as foot soldiers while others opened their own institutions.

Now what Pettifer is alleging is what can best be termed bribery. I have always cried for a commission of inquiry on boxers' monies and promoters who took fighters outside South Africa but still paid them in rands.

Mr Minister (sports and recreations minister, Makhenkesi Stofile), I hope you are listening.

Some "reporters" know about this alleged thuggery, I am told, but their silence has been deafening. Were they paid to shut up and if so by whom?

Pettifer, you are the best boxing analyst and your massive knowledge of the fight game will be rewarded one day.

I said it long ago that Boxing SA needs you at Nasrec

But please desist the urge to get involved in promoter-wars.

A lot of negative things have happened here and one has been optimistic that people will change. Your boss, Berman, snubbed Sowetan when the announcement that South Africa's son of the soil, Brian Mitchell, will be inducted into the Hall of Fame this year.

A white boxing trainer said Berman told him that he didn't care about "black newspapers" because their readers do not support his tournaments at Emperors Palace. Aren't this institution's major shareholders black?

Watch out Terence, Terrible Terry.

I take my leave.

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