Min­is­ter warns Sas­coc to get its house in or­der

The Citizen (KZN) - - NEWS - Wes­ley Bo on

Heads could roll, Sports Min­is­ter Tokozile Xasa has warned, if the SA Sports Con­fed­er­a­tion and Olympic Com­mit­tee (Sas­coc) does not reach a five-month dead­line to get its house in or­der fol­low­ing the re­lease of a scathing re­port into the gov­ern­ing body.

“Should I not be to­tally sat­is­fied with the ex­e­cu­tion, im­ple­men­ta­tion and ful­fill­ing of the rec­om­men­da­tions of the com­mit­tee by Sas­coc, I hereby re­serve my right to im­ple­ment nec­es­sary in­ter­ven­tion mea­sures in the best in­ter­est of sport and the pub­lic as a whole in the coun­try,” Xasa said yes­ter­day.

Nine months af­ter a gov­ern­ment in­quiry into the sports body was com­pleted by an in­de­pen­dent com­mit­tee led by re­tired judge Ralph Zul­man, Xasa con­firmed she had ap­proved the find­ings.

Ac­cord­ing to the Zul­man re­port, the Sas­coc board lacked suf­fi­cient cor­po­rate gov­er­nance and was guilty of friv­o­lous spend­ing.

The um­brella body’s ex­ec­u­tive had also used an “in­or­di­nate” amount of re­sources to re­solve both in­ter­nal dis­putes and dis­putes with mem­bers, while fac­tions within the board had ap­par­ently ren­dered it dys­func­tional.

“A minis­cule amount of time of the board is in fact spent on the statu­tory man­date given to Sas­coc to pro­mote and de­velop high per­for­mance sport,” the re­port read.

“There is no com­pli­ance with the ba­sic prin­ci­ples of ethics, trans­parency, ac­count­abil­ity, good gov­er­nance, or with poli­cies and pro­ce­dures for the pur­poses of manag­ing the af­fairs of Sas­coc, in­clud­ing its fi­nan­cial af­fairs.”

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