'Stop picking on Chuene'

VETERAN sports administrator Dan Moyo has called on the SA Sport Confederation and Olympic Committee to stop the witch-hunt against suspended Athletics South Africa president Leonard Chuene.

VETERAN sports administrator Dan Moyo has called on the SA Sport Confederation and Olympic Committee to stop the witch-hunt against suspended Athletics South Africa president Leonard Chuene.

Moyo accused the body of creating the impression that Chuene was a bad person after the ASA's board decided to sell some of its cars to Chuene and other senior staff in 2004. Two of the cars were sold for R1 each.

"When Sascoc took over the running of the ASA in December, Sascoc board member (and ASA administrator) Ray Mali told the media that they wanted to fix all the problems at ASA.

"It is common practice with federations to write off their assets, including old cars. (Leonard's car) is more than 10 years old," Moyo said.

"When Nocsa was dissolved, (former president) Sam Ramsamy was given a Mercedes-Benz C320, still new, for nothing. There was no brouhaha. Why is there noise about Chuene? The decision to give the car to Sam was taken by the board of Nocsa. I was Nocsa general secretary for more than a decade.

"I don't remember people accusing Nocsa of being corrupt when Sam was given the car. In the case of ASA, the decision to give the cars to Leonard and other executive members was taken by its board. Sascoc is targeting an individual," said Moyo, who is now attached to Mpumalanga Black Aces.

Sascoc suspended ASA and its board over its handling of the Caster Semenya gender verification tests last year.

ASA's board decided to buy cars for Chuene and other staff members in 2004. Sowetan can reveal that Chuene was not the only beneficiary - others were former chief executive Banele Sindani, ex-general manager Linda Ferns and former competitions manager Chris Botes.

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