ASA president ‘unfit to hold office’

ALECK SKHOSANA
ALECK SKHOSANA

ATHLETICS South Africa (ASA) will have to tell the SA Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (Sascoc) what they plan to do about a damning auditor’s report that found its president, Aleck Skhosana, “unfit to hold any office in athletics structures in South Africa”.

The investigation was into fraud by two employees at KwaZulu-Natal Athletics from October 2009 to June 2011, when Skhosana was president, and potentially involved millions of rands.

The investigation found that Skhosana was grossly negligent and that he failed to take action despite allegedly knowing what was happening by June 2010.

It recommended he be charged for gross misconduct.

Sascoc chief executive Tubby Reddy said yesterday: “I received the [auditor’s] report last week, which I circulated to the Sascoc board.

“The general feedback from the majority of the board is that I should write to Athletics SA, asking them . . . about the report and what they’ve done about it as the national federation. That letter will go today,” he said.

Reddy did not speculate on what Sascoc might do.

“Once I get feedback from Athletics SA as to what they’ve done with the report then the Sascoc board can exercise their minds as to what happens thereafter,” he said.

Reddy was speaking after a press conference at which Sascoc said it would review its qualifying criteria after the 2016 Rio Olympics.

President Gideon Sam said the organisation would not change its policy now, confirming that the men’s and women’s hockey teams would stay at home.

“We have had discussions. Maybe we will relax after Rio,” he said, adding that getting a bigger squad would help to prepare for the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Durban.

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