Probe into deletion of ASA files

IN A dramatic turn of events, the South African Sport Confederation and Olympic Committee yesterday announced that computer files at Athletics South Africa have been deleted.

IN A dramatic turn of events, the South African Sport Confederation and Olympic Committee yesterday announced that computer files at Athletics South Africa have been deleted.

This has resulted in Sascoc top brass considering instituting a commission of inquiry into the finances and administration of ASA.

Criminal charges are also likely to be opened against some of the officials allegedly involved in destroying files dealing with financial matters. The committee has roped in Deloitte and Touche to conduct a forensic audit into the finances and administration of ASA.

"When the forensic audit process is completed, if a commission of inquiry or criminal charges are necessary, this will evolve at that stage," said Sascoc chief executive Turby Reddy.

"The process has been long and frustrating, for various reasons, including the fact that we had a down period during the festive season.

"We are now in a position to announce that upon taking over the administration of ASA, interim administrator Mr Ray Mali found a number of machines that were used to shred documentation.

"Many files on computers and the server have been deleted by ASA personnel and serious concerns have been raised about the finances of the organisation.

"While Deloitte and Touche conduct the forensic audit into the finances and administration of ASA, Advocate Collins will continue to develop the charge sheets on each of the suspended individuals and continue with the disciplinary hearings that start in March."

Mali was appointed ASA interim administrator on November 16 after the Leonard Chuene-led ASA board was suspended.

An interim board, which includes Hendrick Ramaala, James Mokoka, James Moloi, Aleck Skosana and Geraldine Pillay, was elected on November 20. Reddy said the world governing athletics body was busy analysing the results of the tests.

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