The board of the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (Sascoc) was forced to apologise to Parliament for the failure of seven of its members to honour a scheduled meeting.
The Sascoc board was meant to account to Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Sport, Arts and Culture on its financial affairs, among other things.
Instead, the oversight committee refused to proceed with the meeting with the board members who did attend.
One of the board members Barry Hendricks told Parliament that his colleagues gave varying reasons for their no-show.
“Sascoc has taken the portfolio committee very seriously and we do apologise for our members not attending. But I think I need to speak on behalf of the organisation when we said that we have taken this matter of turning Sascoc around very seriously,” says Hendricks.
“We have been having several national council meetings to implement the Zulman report. We would like to report back on the progress made as well as other items on the agenda and our preparation for the Olympics.”
In January, Sascoc said it is forging ahead with implementing the recommendations of the Zulman report as they look forward to an early election in March.
This was confirmed by interim President Hendricks.
Hendricks became the interim President at the beginning of January following Gideon Sam’s retirement.
The Zulman report found that Sascoc was dysfunctional and recommended major changes at the sporting body.