JOHANNESBURG – The gloves are off in the ever-intensifying battle between Sports Minister Tokozile Xasa and beleaguered SASCOC president Gideon Sam.
Xasa, presenting to the sports portfolio committee about the Zulman inquiry on earlier this week, labelled Sam as “disrespectful" before questioning whether he respects political authority.
The inquiry – led by retired Judge Ralph Zulman – focussed on SASCOC’s alleged malpractice in the governance of the scandal-ridden sports body.
Zulman’s findings were scathing with the recommendations far-reaching in a bid to correct the mismanagement that has plagued the organisation for years. Among the changes are reducing terms of board members from three to two, board members waiving membership to federations and the election of the Sascoc president by an independent committee instead of the Sascoc council.
According to the report, Sam’s management was “almost dictatorial in nature”, not transparent and did not fit with the “basic principles of accountability”.