JOHANNESBURG, An interim committee has been put in place following the suspension of the executive committee of the SA Schools Athletics (SASA) on Monday.

The Interim Committee was appointed on January 24, following an urgent meeting in Johannesburg called by Athletics SA (ASA) with the nine ASA provincial presidents), as well as the nine SASA provincial chairpersons in attendance.

During the meeting Brandon Du Plessis was chosen chairperson and Sibusiso Nyamane, the vice-chairperson.

Their immediate responsibility will be to ensure that the ASA Schools National Primary Schools Track & Field Championships in Pietermaritzburg (March 20 and 21), and the Twizza ASA Under-16, Under-18 (Youth) and Under-20 (Junior) T&F Championships incorporating the SASA National High Schools, LSEN & Deaf School Championships at Dal Josaphat Stadium in Paarl March (26 to 28), are successfully hosted under the guidance of ASA.

The SASA Executive – who were suspended with immediate effect, are Willy Mokatsanyane, Sabata Khumalo, Peppi Olevano, Yvonne Schalk, Victor Modimokoane, Dawid Pieterse, Hendrik Bekker, Peter Maluleke, Wimpie Lodewyk and Erika Clarence.

ASA said in a statement:

In October at the 2019 ASA council meeting in Johannesburg, ASA Members were briefed on the process of alignment of 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 it then became clear to the ASA Executive that the SASA Executive were resisting the required alignment with ASA, and had also gone as far as deliberately misleading the SASA Council regarding the mandate received from ASA.

During their suspension, the SASA Executive Members are also not allowed to serve on any ASA National Structures, which include the ASA Board, ASA Council, ASA National Commissions and ASA National Committees.

Regarding these developments, ASA is currently in consultation with Sports & Recreation South Africa and the Department of Basic Education.

Source: African News Agency