Wesley Botton
Chief sports writer
1 minute read
15 May 2015
11:00 am

ASA on the brink of losing Athletics House

Wesley Botton

Athletics South Africa was on the verge of losing its only immovable asset last night, lawyers warned, with the federation teetering on the deadline to produce an initial downpayment in an ongoing lawsuit.

FILE PICTURE: ASA President Aleck Skhosana. © Sabelo Mngoma/BackpagePix

Frikkie Jordaan, the legal representative for injured pole vaulter Jan Blignaut, confirmed the athletics body had not paid the required amount yesterday afternoon. Owing around R12 million, including costs of the case, ASA had agreed with Blignaut’s lawyers last week that the federation would pay a “substantive” undisclosed initial amount, and they would have three months to agree to the remainder of the payment.

“I’ve tried making contact with ASA president Aleck (Skhosana) and ASA financial manager Terrence (Magogodela) and they’re not responding,” Jordaan said. By 6pm, the amount had not been paid, leaving the financially embattled federation less than six hours to fulfil the agreement.

“If they don’t pay we will file an urgent appeal at the North Gauteng High Court to proceed with the auction of the property,” Jordaan said.

ASA agreed to a temporary settlement with Blignaut last week, after the former amateur athlete allowed the delay of the scheduled auction of Athletics House until early August. An initial amount was expected to be paid, and the remaining amount was to be agreed via a payment plan.

Blignaut, a 21-year-old civil engineering student at the time, apparently sustained a “traumatic” brain injury, allegedly due to negligent officials, at an ASA-sanctioned meeting in Pretoria six years ago.

ASA president Aleck Skhosana was unavailable for comment.