Sascoc president to respond to allegations
SOUTH African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (Sascoc) president Gideon Sam will take centre stage when he appears before the Zulman commission of inquiry at the Ellis Park stadium auditorium this morning.
Sam, alongside five other witnesses, is expected to also have some explosive revelations in response to various accusations levelled against him since the commission first sat last month.
Aleck Skhosana (Athletics South Africa president), Lian Evans (Sascoc SS Griffin Report), Sanele Mthiyane (Basketball South Africa) and Dennis Mumble (Safa CEO) are also expected to testify.
But all eyes will be on Sam, whose leadership style has been termed dictatorial by a parade of witnesses throughout the inquiry, including board members.
Some of his board members including former CEO Tubby Reddy have blamed him for the position Sascoc finds itself in.
Reddy testified last week and told the inquiry led by retired judge Rulph Zulman that their relationship deteriorated in the last few years.
He claimed Sam was responsible for Durban losing the 2022 Commonwealth Games hosting rights, as the government would not make the required financial commitments because Sam was set to benefit personally as chairperson of the board of Nation of Champions, a company appointed to train 30 000 people to handle service delivery at the Games.
Sascoc deputy president Hajera Kajee said the federation’s 2016 elections were rigged and therefore the current board was not properly constituted after Sam was re-elected as president.
Reddy was accused of having his personal assistant fly on a R90000 business flight ticket for an overseas trip.
He also levelled several accusations against Sam‚ saying the president orchestrated their dismissals, double dipped by claiming from Sascoc and the Commonwealth Games Federation‚ of which he’s the vice president.