Judge launches Sas­coc probe

Pros­e­cu­tions pos­si­ble as Sas­coc min­is­te­rial probe kicks off at El­lis Park with strin­gent terms of ref­er­ence

Sunday Times - - Front Page - By KHANYISO TSHWAKU

● The South African Sports Con­fed­er­a­tion and Olympic Com­mit­tee (Sas­coc) will have to deal with strin­gent terms of ref­er­ence ahead of the min­is­te­rial com­mit­tee of in­quiry that starts at El­lis Park to­mor­row af­ter a de­lay in find­ing a suit­able venue.

The in­quiry has been set up to in­ves­ti­gate mal­ad­min­is­tra­tion and mal­prac­tice within the Olympic or­gan­is­ing body. Sas­coc is also with­out a chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer af­ter the former in­cum­bent Tubby Reddy was fired from the po­si­tion last month af­ter a dis­ci­plinary hear­ing.

The in­quiry will be led by re­tired Judge Ralph Zul­man, who said there was a pos­si­bil­ity of crim­i­nal pros­e­cu­tions and foren­sic au­dits if the find­ings point them in that di­rec­tion and if Sport and Re­cre­ation min­is­ter Them­be­lani “Thu­las” Nx­esi deems it nec­es­sary. Sport and Re­cre­ation min­istry ad­viser Mickey Modis­ane also said the com­mit­tee has the pow­ers to sub­poena Sas­coc mem­bers who could be needed to ap­pear in the in­quiry.

Zul­man said he hoped the in­quiry will go on for six weeks while the 14-point terms of ref­er­ence make it clear in terms of the re­quired out­comes of the in­quiry.

Terms of ref­er­ence

In­ves­ti­gate and re­port to the Min­is­ter of Sport and Re­cre­ation on the ex­act rea­sons which re­sulted in Sas­coc be­com­ing dys­func­tional and fail­ing to ex­e­cute its fidu­ciary re­spon­si­bil­i­ties in ac­cor­dance with its con­sti­tu­tion and to gov­ern and ad­min­is­ter its do­main and man­date de­sir­ably.

In­ves­ti­gate and re­port on any non­com­pli­ance by the Sas­coc Board or any other per­son or body with the pro­vi­sions of the Sas­coc con­sti­tu­tion or any other ap­pli­ca­ble laws that could have caused or con­trib­uted to Sas­coc be­ing dys­func­tional or fail­ing to ex­e­cute its fidu­ciary re­spon­si­bil­i­ties.

In­ves­ti­gate and re­port on se­ri­ous or dis­rup­tive di­vi­sions be­tween fac­tions of the mem­ber­ship of Sas­coc and its staff and the rea­sons which have caused it.

In­quire into, as­sess and re­port on the ef­fec­tive­ness and ef­fi­ciency of the cur­rent ad­min­is­tra­tion of Sas­coc and in par­tic­u­lar iden­tify all as­pects of Sas­coc’s cur­rent ad­min­is­tra­tive sys­tem which en­cour­ages il­le­gal prac­tices or short­com­ings rel­a­tive to its gov­er­nance and ad­min­is­tra­tion in terms of its con­sti­tu­tion.

In­quire into and re­port on the de­gree of com­pli­ance by Sas­coc and its board mem­bers and staff, among oth­ers, with its con­sti­tu­tion and ap­pli­ca­ble laws es­pe­cially in so far as good cor­po­rate gov­er­nance is con­cerned.

Zul­man said Reddy's ex­pul­sion from Sas­coc will not be the fo­cal point of the in­quiry.

Reddy was fired from his po­si­tion last month af­ter a dis­ci­plinary hear­ing led by ad­vo­cate An­ton My­burgh in De­cem­ber last year found him guilty.

Reddy’s se­nior col­leagues, Jean Kelly and Vi­nesh Ma­haraj, were also dis­missed from Sas­coc in the af­ter­math of the dis­ci­plinary hear­ing.

Reddy was sus­pended from the Olympic com­mit­tee in June af­ter al­le­ga­tions of sex­ual ha­rass­ment sur­faced the month be­fore.

Zul­man said there were a num­ber of com­plaints Sas­coc fed­er­a­tions have lodged and they will have an op­por­tu­nity to air their griev­ances.

“We’ll only know on Mon­day which fed­er­a­tions have se­ri­ous com­plaints against Sas­coc. I don't know how many are go­ing to pitch up but we've in­vited them all.

“Some of them have al­ready sent in mem­o­ran­dums of what they want to say, what they don’t like, but most of them re­late to the run­ning of Sas­coc’s af­fairs. There are some that have com­plained that there's been cor­rup­tion. Mr Reddy has been in­vited to ap­pear and he will ap­pear,” Zul­man said.

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