Wesley Botton
Chief sports writer
1 minute read
20 May 2015
11:30 am

ASA fails, again, to pay athlete

Wesley Botton

Athletics SA's (ASA) administrators should be ashamed of their conduct, lawyer Frikkie Jordaan said yesterday, as the federation allegedly continued to string along injured pole vaulter Jan Blignaut.

A signage board outside the ASA headquarters in Johannesburg, 15 May 2015. Picture: Refilwe Modise

“I’m taken aback. This is not the way leaders of a sports federation should conduct themselves,” said Jordaan, representing Blignaut. The athletics body was thrown a lifeline last week after it failed to meet the deadline for an undisclosed downpayment, following a R10.4 million judgment in an uncontested case laid by Blignaut.

Jordaan had agreed to stretch the deadline until yesterday.

“No payment has been made, and we’ve received no communication from them,” he confirmed late yesterday afternoon.

“Tomorrow morning (today) I will proceed with an urgent application for the sale in execution of their immovable property. If they make the payment, I will take further instruction from my client, but they have not stuck to any of their undertakings thus far.”

This comes after the financially crippled federation had managed to delay the auction of its Houghton offices earlier this month.

ASA president Aleck Skhosana said he had told the federation’s finance department to call Blignaut’s legal team on Monday morning, but Jordaan confirmed this had not been done.

“As the ASA board, we are not experts in such matters, and we employ professionals to make the right decisions on the federation’s behalf,” Skhosana said.

“There were technical issues with the payment last week, but Blignaut is an athlete, so he’s one of us. We must pay him because we are liable.”

Jordaan, who claimed the athletics body was using “delay tactics”, said he was in contact with the sheriff of the court, and a date for the auction of ASA House could be set in early July.

“I just want this partial chapter to be closed so that my client can get on with his life.”