Sas­coc or­ders ASA to act on damn­ing Skhosana re­port

CityPress - - Sport - DANIEL MOTH­OWA­GAE dmoth­owa­gae@city­press.co.za

The SA Sports Con­fed­er­a­tion and Olympic Com­mit­tee (Sas­coc) has or­dered Ath­let­ics (ASA) to act on a KwaZulu-Natal Ath­let­ics (KZNA) foren­sic re­port con­demn­ing ASA pres­i­dent Aleck Skhosana for al­leged mis­ap­pro­pri­a­tion of Lotto funds when he was still the chair­per­son of KZNA.

Sas­coc chief ex­ec­u­tive Tubby Reddy wrote to the ASA on Tues­day, or­der­ing the con­tro­versy-prone ath­let­ics body to re­spond within two weeks on how they were han­dling the mat­ter.

Reddy said on Fri­day: “I asked them about the au­dit re­port and what they were do­ing about it. They must give us feed­back two weeks from the date of the let­ter.” He de­clined to share a copy of the let­ter with City Press.

The 43-page in­dict­ment al­leges mis­ap­pro­pri­a­tion of Lotto funds when Skhosana was chair of the pro­vin­cial struc­ture be­tween 2009 and 2012.

The re­port con­cluded Skhosana was not fit to hold any of­fice in ath­let­ics “where the man­age­ment of funds is a com­po­nent” and rec­om­mended that he be charged with gross mis­con­duct.

Ac­cord­ing to Sas­coc, the ex­plo­sive re­port only reached their of­fice last Fri­day, and the Olympic gov­ern­ing body im­me­di­ately cir­cu­lated it among board mem­bers for rec­om­men­da­tions.

This came al­most a month since City Press broke the story on the hard­hit­ting foren­sic re­port car­ried out by au­dit­ing firm Wess­cor Foren­sic Con­sult­ing in Septem­ber last year based on a man­date from the KZNA.

Skhosana told City Press that it was “un­eth­i­cal to speak about the re­port as the ASA board was han­dling the mat­ter. It was de­liv­ered to vice-pres­i­dent Harold Adams and the con­tent says I must not get in­volved,” said Skhosana, whose term in of­fice ends af­ter the Olympics.

Adams had not re­sponded to City Press’ ques­tions on whether he had re­ceived the re­port, and, if so, how the ASA lead­er­ship re­acted to it.

Sas­coc pres­i­dent Gideon Sam sug­gested that the ASA call a spe­cial meet­ing to dis­cuss this is­sue.

“We, as Sas­coc, will be led by [the ASA]. They must give in­struc­tion, oth­er­wise my ad­vice would be for Aleck to stand aside so he can prove he is not guilty of what they are ac­cus­ing him of,” said Sam.

The Wess­cor re­port re­vealed that Skhosana signed some blank cheques with­out sup­port­ing doc­u­ments, re­sult­ing in a po­ten­tial loss of some R4 856 002 be­tween Oc­to­ber 20 2009 and June 28 2011.

PHOTO: KHAYA NG­WENYA

LOTTO TROU­BLE Skhosana

ASA boss Aleck

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