Re­signed athletics ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee wins round one

Observer on Saturday - - Sport - By Sibu­siso Masilela

– 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.

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