Skhosana and four fellow Sascoc board members on collision course with mother bodies

2020-10-21 05:40:00 AM

The group is objecting to the general assembly voting to reinstate Barry Hendricks as acting president of the local committee

David IsaacsonAleck Skhosana. Picture: GALLO IMAGES/SYDNEY SESHIBEDIAleck Skhosana and four of his SA Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (Sascoc) board members are on a collision course with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the  International Paralympic Committee (IPC) by pressing on with legal action against the body’s general assembly.

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The IOC and IPC told Sascoc last week to halt the action or face “further measures”.But addressing parliament’s portfolio committee on sport‚ Sascoc acting vice-president Skhosana made comments to suggest they were prepared to defy the two mother bodies.

“We have lodged a dispute and the matter is going for arbitration because we don’t want a legal precedent‚” Skhosana said. “When we are out of Sascoc people will say these things happened during our time and we didn’t do anything. We are proceeding with that against our wish.”

DA committee member Tsepo Mhlongo suggested the individuals involved in the Sascoc stand-off should return next week to discuss the issue further.Though this suggestion was adopted‚ it remains to be seen if that will satisfy the IOC and IPC‚ especially considering how Skhosana criticised veteran administrator Sam Ramsamy‚ who was appointed by the two international bodies to facilitate the overdue Sascoc elections‚ which are due on November 7.

Skhosana has accused Ramsamy of saying one thing one day and then doing something different the next.The IOC and IPC have stood behind Ramsamy thus far. In their joint letter to Sascoc‚ they were adamant the matter needed to be dropped or there would be consequences.

“As expressly mentioned in the Sascoc constitution‚ the general assembly is the supreme decision-making body of Sascoc‚ and the board is therefore accountable to the general assembly.“Consequently‚ this legal action has no objective reason to be pursued‚ and we are calling upon all members of Sascoc to act responsibly and in good faith‚ and simply respect and implement the sovereign and democratic decisions of the general assembly ...

“We sincerely hope that everyone will support this approach and that any parallel action aimed at disrupting this [election] process will be withdrawn without any further delay‚ failing which the IOC and IPC will reserve the right to take further measures.”

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Skhosana‚ DA parliamentarian Kobus Marais (SA Sport Association for the Physically Disabled)‚ Cecilia Molokwane (netball)‚ Jerry Segwaba (rugby) and Kaya Majeke (bodybuilding) are objecting to the general assembly voting at the special general meeting (SGM) to reinstate Barry Hendricks as Sascoc’s acting president and to scrap disciplinary action against him.

The “Sascoc Five” argue that the item was not on the agenda issued by Sascoc but only on a second agenda issued by Ramsamy. According to them‚ the discussion and vote were unconstitutional because they were not on Sascoc’s version of the agenda.It is believed that the item‚ proposed by Hendricks’s Gauteng Sports Confederation‚ was submitted on time but Sascoc failed to place it on the agenda.

Skhosana‚ the president of Athletics SA‚ also took a swipe at Hendricks‚ who was at the meeting‚ as well as the Sascoc general assembly‚ claiming they did not care about the Sascoc constitution.The majority of federations had planned their strategy ahead of the SGM‚ but Skhosana spoke about their co-operation as if it were a bad thing.

The vote count for Hendricks at the SGM was 42 for‚ 10 against and five abstentions. But the board’s decision to act against the general assembly saw their opposition grow to at least 55. That is how many federations have come out against the board’s decision to go to arbitration.

The board’s plan before the IOC and IPC letter was to proceed with arbitration‚ even if it was unopposed‚ which it surely will be.Even with Hendricks returning to the board after the SGM‚ the Skhosana block of five still has a majority‚ with only three other members available. They are IOC representative Anant Singh‚ IPC representative Debbie Alexander and athletes’ commission chair Natalie du Toit.

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