BSA to enter fray in row – but not now
The row between Eastern Cape promoters has taken another twist after Boxing SA board chairman Peter Ngatane committed himself to resolving it.
Ngatane was expected to fly down to East London this weekend to resolve the impasse.
But he postponed the trip after a family bereavement but committed himself to coming within the next two weeks.
“I was supposed to come down to East London to resolve this row but due to a family bereavement I will no longer be able to come,” he said.
“But I am committing myself to coming in the next two weeks.”
Ngatane also denied newspaper reports that quoted him as saying that the new structure was not recognised by BSA.
“No that is not what I said. All I said is that procedures need to be followed when people are disgruntled but I cannot preempt the meeting I will hold down in East London before first holding it.”
The row stems from two rival groups of promoters which are fighting for the leadership of the Eastern Cape Boxing Promoters Association (ECBPA).
On one side the current structure led by chairman Ayanda Matiti and secretary Phathekile Sinyabi is at war with the group chaired by Thando Zonke and secretary Bongani Zulu.
Zonke and Zulu were elected in a meeting in Scenery Park two weeks ago.
The structure led by Matiti and Sinyabi is preparing for its own general and elective meeting this month.
The breakaway group claims that the Matiti-led structure is dysfunctional as it has never called a meeting since 2016.
It also argues they should not be in office as their term ended with the end of the current financial term.
But Matiti insists that the constitution was amended to extend the lifespan of the executive from one year to two in the presence of Zonke who was then its treasurer.
The row between the two groups spilled over on national radio where they argued their legitimacy.
The media has also been caught in the crossfire with accusations that it sides with a certain faction.
After their radio spat, Zonke issued a statement announcing that his executive would not engage in a public row again.
“The executive is only interested in cleaning the image of boxing and not bickering on public platforms,” the statement read.
“We apologise to boxing stakeholders for our involvement in a public spat on national radio recently and I want to assure boxing lovers that it will not happen again.”
Ngatane contradicted his chief executive Tsholofelo Lejaka who said the row would be addressed as part of the roadshow the regulatory body will embark on to interact with boxing stakeholders about licensing.
Ngatane said the roadshows, which will be rolled out nationally on a date yet to be announced, will only take place after his visit to East London.
“It is not correct to say the row will only be tackled as part of roadshows. I will personally come to East London together with the CEO and another board member to attend to this because we cannot fold our arms when our licensees are fighting.”..