Sin­dani was ready to lead

Un­til his un­timely demise at the hands of house rob­bers on Tues­day morn­ing, Banele Sin­dani was hop­ing to re­gain the ASA top post he held years ago

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

The late Banele Sin­dani was among the ap­pli­cants for the va­cant Ath­let­ics SA (ASA) chief ex­ec­u­tive job, a po­si­tion he once held in the early 2000s. This was re­vealed by ASA pres­i­dent Aleck Skhosana af­ter Sin­dane (60) was shot and killed in a bur­glary at his home in Ruim­sig, Rood­e­poort in the early hours of Tues­day morn­ing.

He was buried at West­park Ceme­tery in Jo­han­nes­burg yes­ter­day.

The ASA has been with­out a CEO since Oc­to­ber 2012 af­ter the now late Frik Ver­maak was fired less than a year into the job.

“I am not di­rectly in­volved in the ap­pli­ca­tion process but the peo­ple who are in charge told me that he was among those who ap­plied,” said Skhosana of Sin­dani, who was, un­til the time of his pass­ing, chief ex­ec­u­tive of the Soweto Marathon Trust.

But his time at the ASA was over­shad­owed by a damn­ing au­dit re­port that re­vealed Sin­dani re­ceived a R1.76 mil­lion con­sul­ta­tion fee from a Leonard Chuene-led board when he (Sin­dani) had not done sub­stan­tial work to jus­tify the pay­ment.

Sin­dani is, how­ever, best re­mem­bered for the role he played in unity talks and trans­for­ma­tion in the early 1990s.

He was cred­ited as one of the founders of the tra­di­tion­steeped race that he helped es­tab­lish in 1992.

He was ap­pointed the Soweto Marathon race di­rec­tor last year.

Skhosana said ap­pli­ca­tions for the ASA CEO po­si­tion were closed and the fed­er­a­tion would not rush into a de­ci­sion to ap­point any­one.

PHOTO: BAFANA MAHLANGU / SUN­DAY WORLD

A SAD DAY Banele Sin­dani’s cas­ket is draped in the SA flag dur­ing his fu­neral at Rhema Min­istries’ church in Rand­burg yes­ter­day as Min­is­ter of Sports and Re­cre­ation Fik­ile Mbalula walks past af­ter giv­ing his eu­logy

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