Sedgars, a sport apparel company had links with SASCOC top brass

Out in the cold. Fired SASCOC boss Tubby “The Tubby One” Reddy is at the epic center of hearings currently on.

The South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee is accused of contravening its own constitution, maladministration and financial mismanagement.

The hearings that began this week, will also look into the toxic leadership of fired former chief executive Tubby Reddy and chief financial officer Vinesh Maharaj and senior manager Jean Kelly.

Also to be heard is the issue of Caster Semenya, whom the federation did not want pay for her participation at the games.

“Sport has been dysfunctional because of the three dismissed officials in particular,” says Sascoc member Desiree Vardhan, who gave evidence on the first day.

“There is a command and control environment at Sascoc, so we have a very strict protocol with regards to the reporting structures. It would be helpful for the committee to have a perspective from every staff member that has been muzzled over the years.”

Reddy, accused of sexual harassment by a lady was given an opportunity to give evidence in-camera due to the sensitivity of her submissions.

Laraine Lane, a former board member of Athletics South Africa (ASA), raised a few issues where she alleged both Sascoc president Gideon Sam and second vice-president Hajera Kajee were guilty of conflict of interest with service providers.

She mentioned a sport apparel company based in Vanderbjil Park-Sedgars to have benefited by providing poor and below standard tracksuits to the the Olympic Team, amongst others.

Acting Sascoc chief executive Patience Shikwambana will drop more bombshells, as she makes an appearance on Thursday.

The hearings initiated by minister of Sport Thulas Nxesi, will run for three-months.

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