Bongani Magasela

Bongani Magasela

The wheels have come off at the offices of Boxing SA in Nasrec.

This follows the resignation of chief executive Bongani Khumalo, his personal assistant Gugu Radebe as well as some of the finance staff.

Khumalo confirmed this yesterday. He had been at the helm since July 1 last year.

"I am left with six days before getting out of this office. I am actually serving notice. My departure [date] is May 6," he said. "I intend having a media briefing where I will be able to tell you guys exactly why I am leaving."

Khumalo sounded very bitter during an exclusive interview with Sowetan.

"I am fine," he maintained. "I cannot complain, obviously, under very extreme circumstances. It has been extremely bad. But, look, as I said, I will address the media in due course.

"I am a public figure, I cannot just disappear."

Khumalo, whose contract expires in three years, was appointed by the board of Boxing SA and Sports Minister Makhenkesi Stofile. He said they are all in possession of his resignation letter.

Khumalo said Boxing SA chairman Peter Ngatane as well as the Department of Sports, Arts and Recreation, tried to persuade him to stay.

"The response from the office of the minister was that he was very distressed about this," said Khumalo whose departure is seen by other board members as good riddance.

None of the finance staff or even Radebe were available for comment regarding their alleged resignations. Khumalo said some were serving notice while others were so disillusioned that they will not even serve notice.

Ngatane said whatever issues Khumalo raised are being addressed, and promised to issue an official statement.

Another Boxing SA chief executive, Thabo Moseki, also resigned in a huff on January 16 2005. The architect of many great ideas including the BSA logo and blazers with national colours for champions cited "major circumstances pertaining to the running of boxing's office".

Moseki's biggest mistake was to accept an invitation by Golden Gloves to Germany where Corrie Sanders blew Vladimir Klitschko away for the WBO heavyweight belt in 2003.

He was under severe pressure from people who collaborated with certain journalists in their campaign to get rid of Moseki so they could get jobs at Boxing SA. Some of them have also been on overseas trips.

Meanwhile, Mxolisi Gumede, vice president of the Gauteng Promoters Association, announced that they will meet Boxing SA tomorrow morning to address their concerns over the administration of boxing.