Horseracing boss facing insolvency bid quits

Lyndon Barends, Group CEO Prime Media Sport during the Cape Town Bike Festival launch from Green Point Track on June 22, 2011 in Cape Town, South Africa.
Lyndon Barends, Group CEO Prime Media Sport during the Cape Town Bike Festival launch from Green Point Track on June 22, 2011 in Cape Town, South Africa.
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National Horseracing Authority (NHRA) CEO Lyndon Barends has resigned with immediate effect‚ the regulator said in a statement on Tuesday.

Barends was provisionally sequestrated in the Western Cape High Court last month by FirstRand‚ with the bank claiming in legal papers that he was insolvent.

Barends had taken leave earlier in the month to sort out his affairs‚ telling the Sunday Times he was confident he would avert a final sequestration before the September 25 deadline.

But this week he quit the job that in late 2016 was paying nearly R2.4-million per year.

“The National Horseracing Authority confirms that on [Monday] it received the chief executive’s written notice of resignation‚” the NHRA said in a statement on its website.

“The notice is with immediate effect.”

Barends was the CEO of the now-defunct National Olympic Committee of SA (Nocsa) in the early 2000s‚ before it was merged into the SA Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (Sascoc).

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