BSA chief Mtya resigns amid graft allegations

SUSPENDED Boxing SA chief executive Loyiso Mtya has finally resigned, the 62-year-old former public relations officer and director of operations confirmed.

Mtya said he tendered his resignation on Monday.

"Yes, I have resigned," he said yesterday.

"For now that is all I can confirm with you. I will issue a statement at a later stage."

The former South African junior-middleweight boxing champion from Mount Coke in East London was suspended indefinitely by the board of Boxing SA in July after investigations linked him to corruption, maladministration and taking kickbacks.

But the main charges were of allowing tournaments to go ahead without boxers' purse monies being deposited on time as well as allegations of taking bribes from promoters.

Attempts to reach Boxing SA chairperson Ntambi Ravele for comment were unsuccessful.

Mtya had been acting in the role following the suspension of Moffat Qithi after revelations that he had lied about his criminal record during the recently concluded defamation case promoter Branco Milenkovic brought against Qithi and Boxing SA.

Milenkovic was awarded record damages by Southern Gauteng High Court Judge Margaret Victory, who ordered the boxing governing body and Qithi to pay Milenkovic R250000 apiece for comments made by Qithi that the judge found to be defamatory and "inspired by malice".

No indication has yet been given as to when the issue surrounding Qithi's suspension will be resolved.

Other Boxing SA chief executives who have resigned since 2002 were Mava Malla, Dumile Mateza, Bongani Khumalo and Qithi.

Mtya's resignation takes the number of CEOs who have not seen out their contracts to nine, by having had three stints in the job.He has trained many top-name fighters, including former SA minimum and bantamweight champion Khulile Makeba, promoted boxing matches and also done commentary for SABC.

A source said Andile Majeke - who was personal assistant to Qithi - has also resigned.

Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula, whose office oversees the sport in terms of the Boxing Act, was not available for comment.