The disputes around the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) elections later this month have taken another twist.
The Athletics South Africa (ASA) board has instructed the SASCOC elections nominations to reinstate its President Aleck Skhosana on the nominations list, failing which they will take the matter to court.
When SASCOC released the nomination list for the elections last Friday, Skhosana’s name was one of those which failed to make the cut.
ASA had nominated him for the vacant presidential position but the auditors of the macro sports body proclaimed him ineligible alleging that his federation had not submitted a letter that he is a member in good standing.
Speaking at the ASA headquarters in Johannesburg on Wednesday, Skhosana says all the documents were sent to the auditors.
Other prominent candidates who have been ruled ineligible to stand for these elections are Netball South Africa President Cecilia Molokwane and Free State Rugby President Jerry Sigwaba.
Skhosana, who is also the SASCOC Vice-President is considered to be the strongest candidate and expected to give Acting President Barry Hendricks some stiff competition on election day, the 28th of this month.
In the audio below, Skhosana says he is not surprised that just less than three weeks to these elections, he’s facing a situation where his credentials are being questioned:
Skhosana, who is no stranger to battles with SASCOC, says the latest disputes around nominations is proof that the beleaguered sports body needs changes and also fresh blood to lead it.
Dev Maharaj is ASA’s legal representative who has been following this matter since the nominees for the elections were released last week.
In the audio below, Maharaj has questioned the mysterious disappearance of this document:
Maharaj says they are not prepared to wait forever from the SASCOC nominations committee and auditors to come back to them with answers.
He says they are taking some legal steps if this matter is not resolved by 16:00 Thursday. – Report by Velile Mnyandu