Athletes call for ASA boss to go
RUNNING legend Xolile Yawa led a march of retired and active athletes in Joburg yesterday to protest against the Athletics South Africa (ASA) leadership. The 50-odd demonstrators who included Olympians Stephen Mokoka and Burger Lambrechts, sprinter Simon Magakwe and middle-distance runner Gladwin Mzazi
are demanding that the board organise fresh elections by February.
Yawa s organisation, the Legendary Athletes of SA, wants a response from ASA within two weeks. Carrying placards reading Enough is enough”, SA athletes love athletics” and James Evans step down now the marchers trekked from Johannesburg Stadium to Athletics House in Houghton, singing protest songs along the way.
Some claimed that this was the first time in this country that sports people had marched on a national federation.
Cape Town-based Evans, ASA s president, sent vicepresident Hendrick Ramaala to accept a six-page memorandum from Yawa.
Asked where Evans was, Ramaala replied: If you want him, fly to Cape Town. He doesn’t have bucks to come, he doesn’t have a bank account.”
ASA s account has been attached by one of its creditors, and this week staff were notified that they would receive their November salaries late.
They were paid late for October, too, and early in the year they didn’t receive a cent for two months.
ASA also recently cancelled the services of the security company guarding its premises it owed them more than R100 000 but has since contracted a new security provider.
ASA board member Andre Gobey, who said he went there of his own accord, told the protesters: We are sorry for what is happening, but we will try to resolve things, even if we have to step down.
The board is facing a bitter fight for survival with as many as 13 of ASA’s 17 member provinces said to be supporting the call for a special general meeting on November 29 to pass a vote of no confidence in the leadership.