Update on the Establishment of the Independent Committees of Inquiry

Update on the Establishment of the Independent Committees of Inquiry


·   Into the FNB stadium disaster

·  Into allegations of irregularities and non-compliance on the part of SASCOC

Both independent investigations were duly established at the end of 2017:

·         The Committee of Inquiry into allegations of irregularities and non-compliance on the part of the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) chaired by retired judge - Judge Ralph Zulman, and

·         The Committee of Inquiry into the FNB stadium disaster chaired by retired judge - Judge Ronny Pillay.

Both inquiries are now up and running. They have invited submissions from all relevant stakeholders and will shortly be holding public hearings. These are independent inquiries and the Minister and Department of Sport and Recreation may not interfere in their proceedings. As Minister, however, I can urge all interested parties to fully cooperate with the investigations. I have no doubt that those with a genuine concern for clean sports administration and the safety of fans at sporting events will do so.

I am also using this opportunity to clarify matters in regard to the SASCOC inquiry. The much-publicised dispute between the CEO and the SASCOC Board is an HR operational issue which will be addressed in terms of SASCOC’s HR policy and labour legislation – and here the Minister has no business interfering. The allegations of maladministration and failure to comply with the SASCOC constitution are issues of governance – where the Minister has a mandate of oversight. Hence the establishment of the Inquiry.

By way of analogy, most sports commentators and enthusiasts would agree that, despite initial resistance, the independent and transparent Nicholson Inquiry into irregularities in Cricket was able to identify problems and recommend solutions, in the process rescuing and strengthening the image of Cricket.

The current inquiries provide such an opportunity for SASCOC, whilst the imperative to independently investigate the FNB stampede in order to enhance the safety of fans goes without saying.

 I urge all relevant interested parties to fully cooperate with the inquiries, as many have already done so in the form of submissions received by the committees.

 

Issued by Ministry of Sport and Recreation South Africa

 

Enquiries: Mr. Sabelo Mali, (MLO) Ministerial Spokesperson

 (012) 304 - 5114

 082 729 5804

Email: sabelo@srsa.gov.za   


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