Resigned athletics executive committee wins round one
– The resigned Eswatini Athletics Association executive committee has won round one against the normalisation committee.
The Gideon Mthembu-led executive was granted an interdict by Mbabane based Magistrate Court Lenhle Zulu an order stopping the meeting sanctioned by the Zakhele Dlamini-led normalisation committee at Eswatini Football Association (EFA) Technical Centre today.
In reaching her verdict, the magistrate dismissed submissions by respondents, who were represented by attorney Zakhele Dlamini from Dlamini and Kunene Attorneys, in the matter heard at the Magistrate’s Court yesterday.
In their papers, the respondents argued that there was no urgency in the matter following the urgent application filed by the applicants through Bongani Phakathi from MH Mdluli Attorneys on Tuesday.
They also submitted at the Mbabane Magistrate’s Court that it had no jurisdiction
to rule over the matter since most members of the cited members of the normalisation committee were residents of the Manzini region. The members are Thoba Mazibuko, Harry Malindzisa, Zakhele Dlamini, Deli Simelane and Muzi Mabuza.
The normalisation committee further argued that the applicant does not meet the requirements to be granted an interdict as they allegedly overlooked other sporting organisations such as the Swaziland National Sport and Recreation Council in a quest to resolve the matter as opposed to going to court. The hearing was attended by, amongst others, SNSRC Business Manager Zama Tsabedze and athletics clubs officials.
President Gideon Mthembu and his committee resigned en masse in November last year after a vote of no confidence was passed on them by the affiliates during a meeting held at the OlympAfrica Centre at Lobamba.
This was after they were said to have flouted the association’s executive constitution after failing to hold a semi-annual general meeting in June last year.