Sas­coc pres­i­dent to re­spond to al­le­ga­tions

Afro Voice (Free State) - - NEWS - NEVILLE KHOZA nevillek@the­newage.co.za

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.

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