Xasa gives sports body until next April to clean its house
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