Xasa gives sports body un­til next April to clean its house

Weekend Post (South Africa) - - News - Mahlatse Mphahlele

Minister of sport Tokozile Xasa has given the SA Sports Con­fed­er­a­tion and Olympic Com­mit­tee board un­til the end of next April to im­ple­ment the widerang­ing rec­om­men­da­tions con­tained in a re­port on a min­is­te­rial in­quiry into the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s af­fairs.

Re­leas­ing the ea­gerly an­tic­i­pated re­port in Pre­to­ria on Fri­day in the pres­ence of Sas­coc pres­i­dent Gideon Sam‚ Xasa also or­dered lead­ers of the sports govern­ing body to pro­vide her with monthly re­ports on their progress.

“The essence of putting to­gether this in­quiry was to make sure that we have proper gov­er­nance. We deal with is­sues of mal­prac­tices‚ ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties and di­vi­sions that were there‚” Xasa said.

The in­quiry, led by re­tired judge Ralph Zul­man, found that the Sas­coc board was riven by fac­tion­al­ism and was dys­func­tional, that cor­po­rate gov­er­nance and com­pli­ance con­trols were lack­ing, that board mem­bers had con­flicts of in­ter­est and that they en­joyed ex­ces­sive travel ben­e­fits while trav­el­ling to global sport­ing events.

The re­port also rec­om­mended that the sports body’s man­age­ment be over­hauled and that the po­si­tions of the Sas­coc pres­i­dent‚ ac­coun­tant and com­mer­cial lawyer should be oc­cu­pied by per­sons who are in­de­pen­dent and who have no af­fil­i­a­tion to any sport and recre­ation body.

The re­port was re­leased a day be­fore Sas­coc is due to hold its gen­eral meet­ing in Jo­han­nes­burg on Satur­day.

Xasa warned Sas­coc to tack- le the ex­e­cu­tion‚ im­ple­men­ta­tion and ful­fil­ment of the rec­om­men­da­tions of the com­mit­tee or face con­se­quences.

Some of the rec­om­men­da­tions of the re­port state that the Na­tional Sport and Recre­ation Act of 1998 (Act No. 110 of 1998 as amended) must be amended to of­fer clar­ity on the over­sight roles of the depart­ment and Sas­coc.

“It is ap­par­ent that while Sas­coc agree with some of the com­mit­tee’s rec­om­men­da­tions‚ they do not agree with other sub­stan­tive rec­om­men­da­tions.

“In essence‚ it is ap­par­ent from Sas­coc’s re­sponse to the com­mit­tee’s rec­om­men­da­tions that Sas­coc is op­posed to any ex­ter­nal or in­de­pen­dent over­sight of their roles‚ func­tions‚ and the use of pub­lic monies.” – TimesLIVE

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