ASA Suspends SASA Executive

30 Jan 2020

Athletics South Africa has suspended the Executive Committee of South African Schools Athletics and appointed an interim committee.

The interim committee was appointed on 24 January following an urgent meeting in Johannesburg called by ASA with the nine ASA Provincial Presidents (and Co-ordinating Presidents) and the nine SASA Provincial Chairpersons.

During the meeting, Brandon du Plessis was appointed Chairperson and Sibusiso Nyamane Vice-Chairperson.

Their immediate responsibility will be to ensure that the ASA Schools National Primary Schools Track & Field Championships in Pietermaritzburg (20-21 March) and the Twizza ASA U16, U18 (Youth) and U20 (Junior) T&F Championships, incorporating the SASA National High Schools, LSEN & Deaf School Championships at Dal Josaphat Stadium in Paarl (26-28 March), are successfully hosted under the guidance of ASA.

The suspended SASA Executive was made up of Willy Mokatsanyane, Sabata Khumalo, Peppi Olevano, Yvonne Schalk, Victor Modimokoane, Dawid Pieterse, Hendrik Bekker, Peter Maluleke, Wimpie Lodewyk and Erika Clarence.

In October, at the ASA Council Meeting in Johannesburg, ASA members were briefed on the process of aligning SASA with ASA. This was followed by several consultations between the respective executives of ASA and SASA, aimed at ensuring a seamless alignment of SASA with ASA.

But, according to ASA, the SASA Executive then resisted the required alignment and went as far as to deliberately mislead the SASA Council regarding the mandate received from ASA.