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
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.
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