Minister to name new boxing chief

by Bongani Magasela, 20 May 2016, 05:54


Fikile Mbalula. Picture: SOWETAN

Fikile Mbalula. Picture: SOWETAN

Tsholofelo Lejaka, from the Free State, fills the position that has been vacant since February 2015
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SPORT and Recreation Minister Fikile Mbalula was to announce in Pretoria on Friday Tsholofelo Lejaka the new CEO of Boxing SA, a source told Times Media.
Lejaka, the source said, was chief of staff in Mbalula’s office when he was deputy minister of police and has been working as chief director of corporate services in the Department of Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture.
“He is well aware of what he is putting himself into. Tsholo has been in training for over five months, preparing himself for what is to come ahead of him in boxing,” the source said.
“He has a slight understanding of the dynamics of this sport. He has been taught well how to handle issues, deal with licensees, Sanabo (South African National Boxing Organisation) and television houses.”
Lejaka, from the Free State, fills the position that has been vacant since acting CEO Loyiso Mtya resigned in February 2015. Mtya, who was employed full-time as director of operations, had been appointed as interim CEO following the suspension of Moffat Qithi for not disclosing his criminal conviction in his job interview. He was eventually dismissed in July 2015.
None of Boxing SA’s previous CEs — Mava Malla, Dumile Mateza, Thabo Moseki, Krish Naidoo and Bongani Khumalo — finished their terms in office.
Last month Thabang Moses replaced Kgosiemang Mosupa as chief financial officer after Mosupa was dismissed for financial irregularities in July 2015.