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Judge orders ASA member to attend SASCOC hearing
- Updated: June 1, 2011
Suspended Athletics South Africa general manager Molatelo Malehopo has failed in a bid to avoid further investigation by the country’s Olympic governing body SASCOC.
Malehope served legal papers on SASCOC on Friday, 27 May, 2011 in which he called on them to appear in court on Monday, 30 May, 2011. In the legal documents he challenged whether SASCOC had the jurisdiction to summons him to a hearing, saying he was not employed by SASCOC.
However the judge dismissed Malehopo’s case out of hand and he was ordered to pay legal costs and make himself available as the hearing continued.
Malehopo was initially suspended by SASCOC as part of the body’s investigation into ASA affairs. In February this year, three suspended members of ASA — Messrs Leonard Chuene, Kakata Mopanyane and Dr Simon Dlamini received sanctions ranging from seven to three years after the same investigation.
SASCOC CEO Tubby Reddy said the court’s decision had cleared the way for the hearing to continue. “As always, we revert to due process and the hearing must take its course. Once again we have faced questions regarding SASCOC’s jurisdiction and the court’s decision makes our powers of jurisdiction very clear.
“Mr Malehopo must now make himself available for the next step of the hearing.”