Bsa contracts under attack

Bongani Magasela

Boxing SA's contracts violate the rights of boxers and promotes their exploitation by promoters and managers, and therefore must be scrapped, says promoter Simphiwe Sinyabi.

Sinyabi from the Eastern Cape, who trades under the banner of Sinyabi Rise with People Boxing Promotion, quoted Act 108 of 1996 (chapter 2) and the Bill of Rights which stipulate that everyone has the right to freedom of association.

"These binding contracts are based on the acts of 1954 and 2001. Licensees were never given a chance to have a say and they were designed incorrectly and are in favour of both promoters and managers," he said.

"They do not serve the interest of boxers as principals in boxing.

"These binding contracts are killing the future of boxers and the competition. This prevents small promoters from growing, and also prevents small promoters from being able to stage quality tournaments as they struggle to get those boxers that are contracted by other promoters.

"They are also silent in terms of what should happen between fights. They don't commit promoters and managers to deliver any good for boxers, like sponsorships.

"They [contracts] are for two years and two fights per year, and there is no penalty for promoters and managers if they fail to deliver those fights."

Sinyabi, who will win the hearts of boxers for fighting their battle, said they raised concerns about binding contracts since 2002 in all boxing conventions but to no avail.

An attempt to get comment from Boxing SA's chief operations officer Bongani Khumalo drew a blank.