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South Africa’s Olympic governing body SASCOC announced on Wednesday that two of its National Federations had been placed under administration with immediate effect.

The two National Federations are those of Karate SA and Powerboat SA and the reason in both instances for their being placed under administration was due to poor organisational governance.

In the matter of karate SASCOC board member Mr James Letuka has been appointed as administrator of the sport and shall report directly back to SASCOC CEO on all matters affecting Karate SA.

Mr Letuka’s terms of reference will be the following:
1. That he shall convene all meetings of Karate SA.
2. That he will re-structure the organisation to form a single Karate SA, i.e, incorporating all disciplines and/or dissident groups.
3. That he will ensure that the athletes do not suffer.
4. A forensic audit will be concluded in consultation with SASCOC into the finances of Karate SA and all person/persons who have had access to Karate SA’s finances and who utilised the same for competition etc.

In the matter relating to Powerboat SA, SASCOC board member Mr Kobus Marais has been appointed as administrator of this code and will also report directly back to SASCOC CEO on all matters affecting Powerboat SA and its affiliates.

Mr Marais will work according to the following terms of reference:
1. That he shall convene all meetings of Powerboat SA, the South African Pleasure Boat Association, the Junior Powerboat Racing Association, the South African Inflatable Boat Association, the F1 Association and the SA Jet Ski Association.
2. He will structure all the above-mentioned disciplines to comply with SASCOC’s requirements, including the calling and conducting of Annual General Meetings.
3. He will ensure that all scheduled events take place and are fully compliant.
4. Furthermore a forensic audit will be conducted into the finances of the above six associations in consultation with the offices of SASCOC.

SASCOC Chief Executive Officer Mr Tubby Reddy said: “SASCOC remains firmly committed to ensuring that all bodies under its jurisdiction are run in a professional and business-like fashion and will not hesitate to take whatever means of action are necessary to ensure that this is always the case.”


63 Comments

  1. Kevin Abraham

    November 17, 2011 at 4:22 am

    I think that most Karate practitioners will welcome the suspension of KSA. South Africa has some of the best Karateka’s in the world, and we deserve recognition in the competitive arena. Thanks for this decision.

  2. Thomas Jacobs

    November 17, 2011 at 1:30 pm

    I hope that this all will be done before the next Karate season will commence. I personally think that this is a good thing and that it will finally clean karate in South Africa.

  3. Jane Jardine

    November 18, 2011 at 7:53 am

    Powerboating in South Africa has been sick for a very long time! We can now look forward to a conclusive diagnosis of the illness, a comprehensive treatment plan and hope for a complete recovery!

  4. Brendan Kelly

    November 18, 2011 at 7:57 am

    Thank you to SASCOC for helping us sort this matter out. The sport has suffered immense damage due to greed, corruption & mis-management from the executive. The time has come for those responsible to answer for their wrongdoing & be criminally charged for their actions.
    Once again the sport can be run by people who actually have the sport at heart & not by a bunch of people more intent on lining their own pockets. Let the healing begin!

  5. Roy McGregor

    November 18, 2011 at 10:27 am

    Thank you SASCOC and its dedicated sports loving personal for eventually stepping in and taking this bold action. I as International representative for the so called breakaway group can also personally relay the International gratitude of this action. We will no longer be boycotted by our International friends and can now challenge them with the best we have to offer and not watered down competitors as in the past.The manipulation and destroying of our sport was selfish, egotistical and for self gain. For a person who was banned for life by PSA and eventually after 4 years had the decision overturned by having the charges summarily dismissed against me as they never existed, am very happy that our sport can hopefully now return to normality. The last task which we will leave in the capable hands of SASCOC is to to have our International name that was high jacked returned to us. No longer do we want to be the black sheep of the International sport by not being able to use the international name for the sport. Hopefully we can now make the world a lot smaller and legally take our place where we belong and be part of the Thundercatracing phenomenan that was born in South Africa and is now world recognized and appreciated. Get you boats inflated and your motors revving guys. You tasked us to do this and we did. Now get your boats on the water and start racing for the International next year as we will be selecting a bona fide team to represent our rainbow nation and you do not want to be left out. And that goes for everybody. There is no more you and us. It is now all of us. Shake hands, unite and lets make it happen. Roy McGregor.

  6. Steyn Basson

    November 18, 2011 at 10:43 am

    Thanks SASCOC for finally sorting the problems out! This has been a frustrating two and a half years. We are all willing to co-operate and get inflatable racing (and all the other disciplines) back where it belongs. Thanks to our leaders, Christo de Jager, Wessel Matthee, Sakkie Schrader, etc for persisting when things looked beyond repair. May racing now be about racing.

  7. anonamous

    November 18, 2011 at 11:04 am

    Hi, as a person trying to get in to the pencil duck racing, i have been put off by all the fighting etc, i am going to wait and see if there is a change, but at this point i feel that it isnt worth the hassle to even get involved,
    Could somebody answer this for me….
    WHY SHOULD I LOVE A SPORT AND TRY HELP BUILD IT WHEN ALL I HEAR IS HE SAID THIS AND SHE SAID THAT….

    my idea is as follows…
    get rid of all people involved origionally in the fights, and let us on the water vote and decide who we want to run this… i addition to this, the people managing the finances etc should be totally seperate – maybe get a company willing to do the administration privately – who will be trustworthy and where anyone registered in the sport can have access to the records.

  8. Fiona Pascoe

    November 18, 2011 at 11:57 am

    We wish SASCOC all the best and look forward to seeing our friends and fellow racers from South Africa leading our global sport like they used too.
    It will be wonderful to see the World Class racers and new up and coming SA teams at the World Championship in Norway 2012! At last we will have a true world championship again with the top teams present.. Looking forward to seeing a bright and very positive future for you all.

  9. Phil.Stacey

    November 18, 2011 at 1:06 pm

    Having come into the deep end of your great sport as UIM Commissioner to 2009 and 2010 “Worlds” in S.A. and being my first opportunity to witness an incredible and exciting part of our global sport of powerboat racing.Also having raced O:500 hydroplanes at Loch Val in the 70’s. It was my very deep concern regarding the infighting within your National Authority. I, nor the UIM should, or could involve themselves officially.Of course we all have information from lots of “involved persons”. I now really trust that a real sense of purpose invades South African Powerboat Racing. Unfortunately you have so many “VIP’s” that should all come down to the drivers level and administer the sport for the good of all. For my small part I wish you all success with peace and reconciliation so that the Powerboating World can regard South Africa as a show model. See you at the 2012 worlds in Norway and maybe the 2013 Worlds in South Africa?? Best Wishes Phil.Stacey.

  10. Michal Abraham

    November 22, 2011 at 5:39 am

    Finally, a long waiting move.One ambrella for all. With transperancy and the intrest of all in heart we can achive!

  11. Dr Woogan Reddy

    November 28, 2011 at 9:09 pm

    Congratulations SASCOC ,it is time that KSA is seen to be representing all karateka`s,in an unbiased and fair manner.Maybe now we can get funding to send our best karate practitioners to tournaments.

  12. Michael Kliment

    November 29, 2011 at 6:54 am

    It is about time. Thank you SASCOC for stepping in and sorting out Karate in South Africa. These guys at the top are power hungry people with their own agendas. It is time that Karate in South Africa is given to the new generation. Also it is time that KSA becomes a karate governing body of all karate in South Africa and that all the other world bodies like WKF, WUKO and full contact have a home within the new KSA. Should work the same way as Martial Arts South Africa.

    KSA should be the overall governing body of all karate in South Africa with an association affiliated to WKF, Traditional Karate SA affiliated to WUKO and an association governing full contact karate.

    All three of these bodies must have their own executive and constitutions. These three bodies then report to the big KSA executive, which is made of 2 from each association affiliated to KSA.

    Plus all three of these bodies must be multi national style federation bodies and not one style body running the association. Traditional Karate SA is already formed and also has the rights to host the lucrative WUKO World Karate Championships for seniors and veterans in Port Elizabeth during March 2013.

    VIVA SASCOC. Please fix karate in South Africa.

  13. Barry Neville

    November 29, 2011 at 7:10 am

    I honestly hope that this investigation by sascoc will lead to those that are found to have mismanaged ksa funds that they are held accountable and that they will never hold any position again within the National Karate structure. Let us not forget that the sport is far bigger than the individual

  14. roshni

    November 29, 2011 at 12:51 pm

    A great and hearty THANK YOU to SASCOC for your assitance in this acheivement.
    It has constantly frustrated me, to watch how many times our children had been dissappointed, because of the corrupt people than ran KSA.
    My daughter Mishka Chunilall, had rightfully earned that place to Malaysia, and it broke her heart, when she was axed
    Thank you SASCOC
    Thank You Kyoshi

    Roshni

  15. Hoosain Narker

    November 29, 2011 at 10:34 pm

    As the General Secretary for Karate WP/WC and a member of the NEC of KSA, I’ve been exposed to poor management at the KSA level and many of our questions have gone unanswered.

    Matters pertaining to finances, tours, tournament arrangements and raises serious concerns and we trust that the forensic audit will bring this to light.

    My region fully supports the action of SASCOC and trust that the poor governance issues and those responsible will be removed from office.

    We also look to a speedy end to this impasse and trust that the Administrator will call upon the NEC to provide answers.

  16. Shihan Wallace Fortuin

    November 30, 2011 at 9:37 am

    Thank you Sascoc , it’s by time.These people should NEVER EVER be allowed back in Karate again , Nationally and Provincially.Our Children feeling cheated by their actions.
    We patiently await the FORENSIC AUDIT which should shed more light on the Management of KSA since inception.

    Come election time i trust that all regions and provinces will make the right decision for the benefit of KARATE SA and mainly our CHILDREN.I trust that the same will apply in the Provinces.

    LET US ALL LOOK FORWARD TO A HONEST NEW KSA AND NEC FROM 2012 ONWARDS.

  17. Anonymous

    November 30, 2011 at 10:50 am

    Sascoc, thanks for cleaning up karate here in SA.I fully agreed that these people should never ever be allowed back in karate. Now our children will get what they deserve and will not be treated unfairly, and also those kids who deserve to be part of the SA karate team, and not get chosen because their style heads minipulate the system. well done Sascoc, for taking the time to get rid of these idiots…

  18. Soke Henri Eksteen

    November 30, 2011 at 1:14 pm

    As an independant International Karate/MMA organization of which i am the founder and world president of in the county of South Africa aswell as head many other numerous International martial arts organizations, i find this an absolute positive move that has eventually found the ‘lost plot’ as far as the unification of ALL karateka and not just that of a certain “clan” is concerned within South African karate do. I was involved with the current KSA and the previous one, namely, KASA for many years and let me tell you, thank God i was pushed out because of my loud mouth and alternate methods that many could not handle, you see, now their true colors have eventually come to pass – the irony of it all is that one of their top officials referred to me as a clown; well, let me tell you something that this clown, ‘me’, is now proving to you that i was in fact right all along. The wheel is round, u better belive it! Viva SASCOC and VIVA TKSA. Grandmaster Henri Eksteen 8th Dan

  19. N Larney

    November 30, 2011 at 9:14 pm

    It is the second time in less than 10 years that we are once again travelling down this familiar road… I truly hope this will be the last time.

    Please, for the sake of all karate-ka, let us do it right this time and embrace the changes that is recommended by SASCOC.

  20. Sensei Brett Mario Correia

    December 1, 2011 at 4:40 am

    I have been a Kenpo practitioner since 1979. My late instructor was one of the founding members of the KAWP in the eraly 1990’s. I currently hold the ranke of 3rd degree black belt attained in 1979. I am the ehad instructor of KENPO KARATE SA, an affiliate of the IKCA in the USA.
    I am currently the WP FC manager and the an additional executive member on the KAWP executive Committee.

    It was really sad to see how KSA marginalised the KAWP after the old executive lost the previous election. 2 events that were given to us for the 2011 year were all of a sudden taken away. Every attempt was made by certain KSA executive members to dearil KAWP tournaments and discredit KAWP among its members.

    Despite these underhanded antics the KAWP has had a very successful year on all fronts. Stronger ties have been forged with students and parents and tournaments have been respunding successes. I had 11 students qualify in Oudshoorn for the Rustenburg Nationals only to hear at the last minute that KSA was not goijg to accomodate CLICKER (FC). So my 11 students did not rtavel and missed out on WC colours.

    KSA need to be cleaned up and proper governance instilled for the sake of karate to prosper in RSA.
    I wish to thank kaicho Hoosain Narker, Mr Larney, Ms Mary Ann landers among others for their continued support and ongoing efforts to promote karate in the province and to hold KSA accountable for their imbalanced actions.

    SENSEI BRETT MARIO CORREIA
    KENPO KARATE SA (IKCA)

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  22. Abubakr

    December 12, 2011 at 8:09 am

    Thank you to SASCOC for finally intervening in these matters. One would have thought that highly qualified karate persons would use exhibit some character in their running of karate matters; yet it seems the positions of power was somewhat too much to handle.

    As an executive member of KAWP I see how the former head of KAWP uses his position as the national head of the karate federation to victimise his own region for not re-electing him. And is not just us as administrators that suffer; it is the athletes that suffer worse.

    Let us hope that this kind of conduct is eliminated from sport; our people suffered long to give us all the opportunity to be the best we can be.

    Evil triumphs when good people stand around and do nothing.

    Let’s clean up the administration without fear or favour; let us put our athletes first and not try and benefit ourselves at their expense.

    Thank you SASCOC.
    Abubakr

  23. Kamal Hamdulay sensei

    December 15, 2011 at 9:37 pm

    I hope that SASCOC will finally bring order where there is chaos.As a head of my organisation,member of KAWP executive and regional head of our international organisation,we have been subjected to victimization,vindictiveness and blatant biased.

    I have also experienced various issues on WP level,UFAK level etc.
    My students were denied a few years ago WP colours even when I wrote a written complaint to the president of WP.This was swept under the carpet!Its always seems to be the instructor and his organisation who are at fault never the president and his cronies.
    He was outvoted in the last election then
    throws his toys out of the cot by refusing to give back the trophies and not submitting financials,which he eventually gave back when threatened with suspension.

    KSA is an embarrassment to the ethos and philosophy of karate.They have destroyed all goodwill,behaved like a mafia with threatening behaviour, have terrible public relations and people skills.

    KSA must be all embracing and I’m glad other karate organisations have been included in the draft constitution.

    We would like to see the results of the forensic audit because a person in position of power and influence can easliy get away with any wrong doing and people can get swept away by charm and influence.Power corrupts and makes you lose direction.
    Thank you SASCOC, please don’t let it slip?

    Kamal Hamdulay sensei
    Head of Kenwyn Martial Arts Centre
    Regional Head of Western Cape(Shibu-Cho)
    International Kenshi Kai Karate Kobudo organisation(IKKO)
    Okinawa,Japan

  24. Ebrahim

    December 18, 2011 at 6:53 pm

    It is still with bitterness and disappointment that I think of the way we were treated by KSA president and officials at the KSA champs held in Rustenburg on Oct 22. KSA accepted our entries and fees, parents and officials spent thousands just to get there. Just before the start of the tournament, officials were called into a meeting by KSA president and told that full contact/clicker will not be allowed to compete.

    Comlaints were brushed aside by the president and officials, also addressing the parents in a very rude manner, typical of the arrogance of those who see themselves as untouchable. well, Im glad to see their day has arrived.

    It was also evident in the trophy awards which style was prefered by KSA.Once again clicker was left in the cold, needless to say.

    It is sad to see how a few selfish individuals spoil such a great art for kids and adults alike. Children from as young as six train for months, sacrificing weekends without the rightful opportunity to compete in the main event of their calendar.
    What is going to take to get karate back on the right path, but we have enough committed and dedicated people, all of whom have a genuine interest in the sport.

    If we wish to see the true potential of competitors in the sport, it should be open to all styles of karate.

    I hope KSA will florish now that house cleaning has started taking place.

    Concerned Parent and Official
    Ebrahim

  25. Anton

    December 19, 2011 at 9:12 am

    it is my opinion that the entire karate structure in SA needs and overhaul and a complete clear-out. The current NEC of KSA was incompetent and divisive. my concern is that this is a culture that is rife in karate and not limited to the NEC.

    many of the karate officials expressing their approval for this audit was party to this Mafia type behaviour that existed,and it was only because of the fall-out at WPKA that the wolves started turning on each other.

    in my opinion Karate has too many karate instructors that belong in old kung-fu movies. They have no teaching skills, people skills and definitely no administration skills.

    What karate needs is a competent CEO and management team with no affiliation to any karate association.

  26. Kruben

    December 19, 2011 at 11:41 am

    It is the Lack of transparency that created this very dangerous situation for KSA. Transparency is the most effective form of the administration of any regulation. A critical issue, not adequately reviewed has led to the demise of the current administrators of KSA. KSA is the custodian of karate in SA and therefore all risks must be identified accordingly and handled efficiently. Partiality breeds contempt. KSA has lot of brilliant Karate professionals in the economic sector and should use these skills as reference material. All this can only be achieved if all karatekas are treated as all inclusive. Not like” some are equal but some are more equal than others”. The current KSA Exco has failed and it is up to all the stakeholders to ensure that the face of KSA changes over night with a new outlook and an annual publication of its social events and balance statements. This will give them more time to do their work.

  27. KYOSHI SONNY PILLAY

    December 20, 2011 at 9:23 pm

    DEAR MR MUBARAK
    LET THE GAMES BEGIN PLEASE
    WHAT IS THE DELAY WITH THE INVESTIGATION IN RESPECT OF THE PREPETRATORS ESP AFTER YOU STATED THE CHARGES BELOW MENTIONED AT THE OFFICIAL 2 INQUIRIES ATTENDED BY SKISA/SASCOC/KSA NEC AND GENERAL MEMBERSHIP
    1 NEPOTISM AND DISCRIMINATION
    2 SINCE 2008 NO AUDITED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS HAVE BEEN PRODUCED BY KSA
    3 TOURNAMENT ENTRY FEES HAVE DISAPPEARED AND TOURNAMENTS HAVE BEEN SUBSEQUENTLY DECLARED A LOSS
    4 OVER 4 MILLION RANDS WENT THRO THE ACCOUNT OF ONE OF THE KSA NEC MEMBERS????
    5 FOREIGN EXCHANGE VIOLATIONS BY KSA TOUR CO ORDINATORS AS STATED BY YOU
    GIVEN ALL THE OFFICIAL PROOF ,DOCUMENTATION EMAILS,SMS ETC ETC IN RESPECT OF OS 1-5 ABOVE THE KARATE FRATERNITY MOST ANXIOUSLY AWAITS RESULTS OF YOUR INVESTIGATION AND PUNISHMENT THEREOF
    IN ADDITION

  28. KYOSHI SONNY PILLAY

    December 21, 2011 at 4:11 pm

    the 4 girls (shayranya,riasha,trina ,mishka) dreams of fighting on the world stage(WKF WORLD CHAMPS) have been shattered by the KSA nec and with them entering their matric academic year that dream may remain just that “a dream” all because of nepotism that was made abundantly clear with respect by you Mr MUBARAK during the 1st enquiry carried out on the 15th oct 2011 How will KSA re -imberse the 4 girls (top ranked and all proteas) for being prejudiced (3 w cape girls were allowed to pay in the 11th hour(4 days prior to the teams departure) and were included in the team who fought in the said world champs in malaysia

  29. sensei colin kombol

    December 21, 2011 at 8:10 pm

    about time this happened come on sascoc get the ball rolling and ban the guilty parties for life we don’t need them lets build a corruption free ksa so all karatica who are the best of the best are selected fairly to show the world whos who and bring glory home to kyoshi sonny pillay thank you for for getting the ball screaming down hill you stood up when nobody else would i am proud to be a member and Senior instructor in skisa oss

  30. nellie kleinsmidt

    December 21, 2011 at 10:33 pm

    From evidence produced it is clear that the present structure of Karate South Africa is unable and unfit to full fill the dreams of every young karate athlete i.e.to represent our coutry. I was personally instructed not to co-ordinate the Western Province Junior and Cadet Championships. All the above due to the fact that the “President of KSA which is under administration”lost the democratic election in Western Province and wanted to punish Karate Western Province for not re-electing him.

    Karate in South Africa requires leaders that have the interest of all karate-ka at heart and not administrators that administrates for other reasons.

  31. Vincent Pillay

    December 22, 2011 at 5:45 pm

    Mr Mohamed Mubarak
    Chairman
    Ethics and Dispute committee
    Sascoc

    Dear Sir

    SUSPENSION OF KARATE SOUTH AFRICA (KSA)

    We are 17 years into our democracy and the citizens of our Rainbow Nation expect equality and fairness in all qualification processes. Transformation and the quota system had affected our children immensely in the past and it seems that this modus operandi is continuing at the present moment. The karate fraternity reeled in shock when recently nepotism and discrimination reared its ugly head to side-line our four Protea girls who hail from the Kingdom of the Zulu , viz. Mishka, Riasha, Trina and Shayranya to represent our beloved country in the World Championships in Malaysia. On merit, these girls would have made South Africa proud at the world event and their absence is South Africa’s loss (i am led to believe by well informed sources that KSA didnt return with a single medal from the said world champs ).

    This gross injustice would have gone un-noticed if SKISA and its President, Kyoshi Sonny Pillay had not informed SASCOC and the National sports Ministers office of the maladministration and the deviousness of the officials of Karate South Africa (KSA). Quite rightly, justice prevailed at the Disciplinary Hearing and KSA was put under administration, its officials suspended and a forensic audit was set in motion Hopefully that motion would be expedited so that the sports fraternity at large will know the “Inside Story ” .

    My heartfelt congratulations to SASCOC on its findings and the bold decisions taken to rectify the situation. Alas! The prospect of our girls representing our country may have flown out of the window since they will be sitting for their Matriculation Examinations in 2012.

    I am aware that the wheels of justice in South Africa turn very, very slowly and the guilty officials may be let off lightly (I may be wrong and I stand to be corrected).
    I sincerely hope and pray that the forensic audit will reveal all and that public funds will never be abused again and the KSA NEC culprits responsible for this most unfortunate set of circumstances are never allowed to hold office ever again .

    In conclusion, I would like to add: “Let justice prevail and no one is beyond the law” and if KSA NEC members are found to have acted in a fraudelent manner they must not be spared moreover let the law takes it course .

    Yours in Sports

    V PILLAY
    Sports personality (ex professional footballer) from the dark days of apartheid

  32. Vishma and Shaun Oree

    December 22, 2011 at 7:09 pm

    Thank you Sascoc for seeking justice for our children and my daughter Trine Oree and ensuring that these young students’ dreams are not shattered and are not treated unequally in the future. Hopefully the corruption in the system will stop right here.
    Thank you Kyoshi Sonny Pillay for assisting and putting in a large amount of effort; people like you will take the sport back onto the correct path.

    Vishma and Shaun Oree

  33. Trevor Fredericks

    December 22, 2011 at 8:51 pm

    The CEO
    SASCOC

    Having noted the events leading to Karate South Africa being suspended which was nearly two months ago, I have been patiently awaiting the further news of what would be happening to all those guilty ones.

    I saw the letter you sent to Sensei Elias Jacobs as the former General Secretary – then to my surprise a few days after that, he sends out an email on behalf of Mr Mubarak. — have you re-appointed him? This in my opinion is a gross contradiction on the part of SASCOC. (doesn’t do your image any good) – how do you write one thing and then another thing is allowed.

    Members on this Executive had their fingers caught in the cookie jar so to say – this is from documentation in the public domain. Two months later, the forensic audit is still in the pipeline – not one inch had moved in the proper direction – this time allowed is probably like manna from heaven – the culprits had enough time to cover their tracks – makes one wonder on whose side SASCOC is? … this is a sad state of affairs from the responsible structure appointed by the government to oversee sport in general.

    How can you plan a Constitution meeting when the current NEC has not been brought to task? Can you explain this to the karate fraternity?

    Furthermore it doesn’t make sense to me that the NEC that has been placed under administration and the Federation suspended as per your website and press releases, are allowed to invite others and be part of the Constitutional making process.

    Your response thereof will be highly appreciated.

  34. Super Naidu

    December 23, 2011 at 7:09 pm

    I am not surprised at what has happened to Karate South Africa. We have a wonderful constitution and a great democracy, in fact probably the best but we do not have the right people to implement this. If you look at all Govt. structures and organizations, they are run mostly by people who don’t have a clue about what is going on.

    Then you have an organisation which has somebody who has an idea of what is going on but that somebody is almost always corrupt, greedy and selfish to the extent that nothing else matters but to further their own interests. This is applicable to Blacks, Whites, Coloureds and Indians alike. It is only the elite few that enjoy all the benefits and they look out for each other.

    As a sportsman I would say our sports is in a shocking state and run by people who don’t have a clue. There are some good, strong leaders but generally too few to make a difference. In fact you could count the good ones on you one hand. Until people with integrity, true dedication and commitment are appointed we will not see progress and the mis management that has happened will happen many more times in the future.

    We will only be able to make a difference with total unity amongst our communities and we must take a firm stand. Maybe it is time we called for sanctions again. It might affect us short term but our future will be safer and our children will enjoy better lives and maybe all humans will be treated fairly and with justice and dignity.

    I sincerely hope some justice will be meted out to those guilty of all this poor governance issues which have led to the suspension of the karate structure. The students deserve better. “LETS DO SOMETHING DRASTIC“ maybe call a mass meeting and iron out all these absurdities.

    Yours in sport,
    Super Naidu
    Chairperson of the South African Non-Racial Soccer Academy
    Tel: 031-2072346
    Cell: 074 273 1954
    Email: [email protected]

  35. Ian Janse van Rensburg

    December 24, 2011 at 7:27 am

    It is about time that KSA is placed under administration.The restructuring of karate in South Africa is long awaited.Include all disciplines and dissident groups under one KSA each with its own leg.Traditional Karate South Africa needs a home.Who is going to be held accountable and hopefully criminal charges for the mismanagement of KSA funds.Please keep South Africa updated SASCOC.The whole of South Africa is waiting.

  36. MigueL

    December 24, 2011 at 11:02 am

    My number one concern is people sitting on the KSA Executive & still having connection to their style organizations & schools…. As it is now & the past, being on the executive is about getting money & having more power than others.

    At major world events (including WKF which KSA affiliates to) no one is called “sensei” …. everyone is equal & referred to as Mr or Mrs….

    Get the money hungry people out of there.
    We need people who are there for the athletes & not for their back pockets or own fame….

    I worked as a member of the working committee of KSA for a number of years.
    Regarding the FORENSIC AUDIT, I patiently await the results.

    As for dictatorship, well KSA is great at that. The NEC rules no matter what the athletes need.

    All world sports bodies must be included, we have a right of affiliation.
    WKF may gladly be the Olympic Karate Body, but that does not mean they are the only world body.

    THE PEOPLE WANT ACTION TO BE TAKEN….

    Let us see SASCOC management do the right thing.

  37. Neil

    December 24, 2011 at 4:13 pm

    At last action will be taken against the people who’s responsible for the corruption in KSA!!!!The top brass are merely become normal stones due to there lies and deceit that you have caused to Karateka,parents and bringing the sport into disgrace,but please SASCOC take stern action against these individuals so let KARATE PREVAIL!!And let a new exciting Goverance take over like TKSA which have a vision for the future by bringing the World Champs TO Port Elizabeth in 2013!!!That shows that the representatives of around the world put trust in TKSA to host a showpiece event of this magnitude in South Africa.Dissolve these members and let justice take place.

  38. Mike

    December 25, 2011 at 8:02 am

    It is about time that WUKO gets recognition through TKSA endeavors with SASCOC. TKSA deserves a home.

    What is happening with the charges that were brought forward? No investigation? No audit? And why are these people that have been charged being invited to the constitutional meeting? These people are not allowed back into operation? New faces with new vision and voices.

    Viva Shihan Michael Kliment for waking up the karate people in South Africa.

    Now give TKSA and WUKO a home and let’s fix KSA.

  39. Mikaila Kliment

    December 25, 2011 at 8:11 am

    TKSA and WUKO needs a home. My father is only doing the right thing. Just like boxing let’s allow all major world all style karate bodies the same recognition. I agree that WKF is for Olympics, but I am a WUKO kata world champion and I am proud of it. Just wish that I received some sort of protea recognition for this. Soon I pray this will be a reality.

    Also are the bad officials going to be sorted out anytime soon? This sounds just like a Shabir Shaik and Jacki Selebi story. Please SASCOC investigate this bad officials. They are robbing us, the children, from true international exposure and stealing monies from our parents.

    I support my father, Shihan Michael Kliment, and TKSA as the future of karate in South Africa.

  40. Paul Kliment

    December 25, 2011 at 8:22 am

    It is about time. Tksa and wuko need a home and SASCOC must deliver.

    Investigate these bad executive officials as this has been going on for years now. These officials are power hungry people with their own agendas. If you complain they just shant you away. Not any more.

    SASCOC please go ahead with these investigations before the constitutional meeting as these bad officials are not wanted back by the karate people of South Africa.

    I support Michael Kliment and Tksa for SASCOC recognition.

    P.S.: 2013 WUKO World Karate Championships for seniors and veterans has been allocated to Port Elizabeth for 20-23 March 2013.

  41. Craig Barthorpe

    December 25, 2011 at 10:14 am

    Off with their heads. That’s what I say about the current KSA executive. Investigate them, charge them and then punish them. They must pay for their crimes. SASCOC must push for their heads.

    TKSA and WUKO need a home. I support Michael Kliment and TKSA. he is a man with a vision. A vision for the people. I hope SASCOC comes through for the people.

  42. Clive Eksteen

    December 26, 2011 at 2:54 pm

    As some of us might have forgotten,I respectfully submit:

    1. Seek perfection of character
    2. Be faithful
    3. Endeavor
    4. Respect others
    5. Refrain from violent behavior And:

    1.Character
    2.Sincerity
    3.self-control
    4.Effort
    5.Etiquette Clive Eksteen Shotokan ryu(SKISA)Cape Town.

  43. Evan Louis

    December 27, 2011 at 10:54 am

    It is pathetic to read what KSA officials are doing. I hope they get charged and never ever are allowed to ever hold a position on any karate committee again.

    Also it is about time that TKSA and Sensei Michael Kliment has a home in SASCOC. He has the vision for the future of traditional karate in South Africa and I believe he is the right man to lead the new SA karate executive.

    I support Sensei Michael Kliment and TKSA.

  44. Phil.Stacey

    December 27, 2011 at 2:45 pm

    Can someone update me on the present situation with PSA now the President has resigned?? Is inflatable racing getting back to “normal”. Very Best Wishes to all for 2012. Could be a good year. Kind regards Phil.Stacey

  45. Phil Matthews

    December 28, 2011 at 7:00 am

    Why is the constitutional meeting still going ahead with these corrupt officials still in power? They must be charged, a hearing must be done and if guilty they must be punished.

    I hope SASCOC can fix this problem and keep it from happening again.

    Also TKSA under Michael Kliment must be recognised. All official world bodies are recognised in other sports why not in karate? WUKO karate is very strong in the Americas, Bahamas, Eastern Europe and Asia. Why not give them a home in South Africa?

    SASCOC sort out KSA and help TKSA get a home!

  46. Nkile

    December 28, 2011 at 9:40 am

    Its about time Karate SA gets a clean up, the forensic audit due will name and shame and that accountability is important, we have to do away with selfish leadership and set standards…

  47. Nkile

    December 28, 2011 at 9:40 am

    Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape

  48. Stephanie

    December 28, 2011 at 2:06 pm

    As a parent of a 3 boys all devoted to karate, I would like to ask SASCOC the following: Why do we as parents have to pay exuberant prices for our kids to represent South Africa? Most recently the trip to the World Championships in Malaysia cost me more than TWICE what the local travel agency quoted me.
    When I questioned KSA about it, I received an ultimatum to pay the FULL amount requested by 9am the following morning or my son would be dropped from the team and the next best athlete (who’s prepared to pay) would be included!
    Should SASCOC not financially support athletes representing their country on the international arena??

  49. Mary-Ann Landers - Chairperson Western Cape Karate Association

    December 31, 2011 at 3:41 pm

    We should thank SASCOC for recently taking an interest in our sporting code by addressing all the interested karate parties in South Africa regarding our administration and meeting procedures in our national structure, which ultimately filters down to our provincial structures.

    We, the karate administrators must admit that we have failed dismally in this department of our sport and we now have an opportunity to address this for the benefit and future of our karate athletes all of whom have dreams and goals of representing our nation on the world stage, whilst under SASCOC administration. This SASCOC administration is necessary and welcome to assist and set the standard for future administration of our code.

    We have also received a draft constitution from SASCOC to be shaped to our sporting code requirements and it is hoped that all who have an interest in our sporting code have had the opportunity to peruse this document for discussion early next year. It is imperative that all interested parties do this exercise irrespective of what time of the year it is. We, the interested karate parties should not allow a constitution, which was so seriously flawed as the previous one, to be drafted and ratified in future.

    All karate bodies, both in semi contact and full contact, must find and have a home in our national structure and we should not be bullied by world organisations as to whom should have affiliation to whom. Our athletes in both disciplines wish and should compete; testing their skills with likeminded opposition at all levels.

    The results of the audit of the financial records since the inception of KSA are awaited as the financial records of any organisation or business are key to the sucessful and healthy administration of such organisation or business. We, the provinces have over the past few years requested clarifications of certain expenditure and/or income and have to date not received satisfactory answers from our national executive on and behalf of our provinces and athletes.

    It is incumbent on the provincial structures to select and elect persons who are skilled enough to attend to the various portfolios for the benefit of all our athletes who should at all times be pivotal and not for elected person’s self or organisational benefit.

    This purging of our sporting code is required so that all interested karate parties have the benefits and opportunities for all their athletes in both diciplines.

    Our athletes should not suffer because of our tardiness in administration.

  50. Priya Pillay

    December 31, 2011 at 5:07 pm

    Firstly, I would like to thank SASCOC for giving the Karate Community a way of voicing our opinions and also, for trying to resolve our queries.

    Secondly,I travelled to Rabat, Morocco in 2009 at exorbitant costs and competed in the WKF World Championships. However, I have not received any recognition from KSA since 2009 to date. As a Karate Student it is very upsetting and demotivating to achieve such an accomplishment but receive no actual proof for the said accomplishment. My father, Vino Pillay, has been told to email various KSA members with regards to this matter from Soon Pretorius to Eliah Jacobs just to name a few, and had been given the run around.

    I won Nationals in the 16-17yrs under 48kg Kumite division in 2009 and I have not received any form of certification, nor a Protea badge for my Gi or for a green blazer. The only people that have recognised my efforts are my Karate family,being SKISA,and my family and friends.

    I am still hopeful that something can be done to ensure I get that same treatment as every other Protea. All I want is recognition.

    Thanking you for your time, and Im looking forward to a favourable response.

  51. Marius Conjana

    January 2, 2012 at 5:05 am

    Thank you Sascoc for putting KSA under administration.It is about time.For as long as we speak in favor of the executive members of KSA then you are ok,but if you speak the truth then you make enemies.I have been challenging the President and the General secretary for a while now to get Full Contact on the map and sort out burning issues.I have been given the run around since day one.For as long as Full Contact don`t feature all is good.These top dogs became power hungry and only their immediate followers benifit out of this.It is my hope that the forensic audit be concluded ASAP.Lets also ensure that the culprits have no place in karate anymore.

  52. Wendy Jansen

    January 2, 2012 at 8:34 pm

    Oh how the mighty have fallen.

    It is good to know that SASCOC has taken this stance toward the administration of KSA. As a former tournament administrator of this organisation I welcome the decision of a forensic audit being done. There are specific tournaments that need looking into being the 2008 CKF Edinburgh,2009 CKF South Africa as there are parents still awaiting answers as to how these funds were spent.

    A National body is there to safeguard competitors not exploit them. What happened to “THE COMPETITOR FIRST.” slogan. It became “MY ORGANISATION AND MY STATUS FIRST” and all else afterwards.

    Well the Camel has been ridden and the fleas have all jumped off, so now the camel travels the desert on a solo mission. You were warned but never heeded the warning signs.

    SASCOC, do what needs to be done so that at the end of the day the competitor does not suffer. Finalize the audit and expose those responsible.

  53. John Williamson

    January 4, 2012 at 8:32 am

    It is about time that someone sees what these guys and gals are doing on the executive of KSA. They think they are Gods. If you do not agree with them then you become rubbish in their eyes. This is not the protocol for national executive committee members. You are elected for the people not for your personal gain.

    This is the reason why South Africa can not achieve at international level. Our administrators are corrupt and do not know how to govern.

    I have met and worked with Mr. Michael Kliment and he is a go getter with a vision for the people. His TKSA organization have done wonders for the people including doing a development training camp for the disadvantaged here in Knysna for 500 kids for free over the New Years weekend. What a fanatastic gentleman! His vision is to bring the art of karate to all in South Africa, whether poor or rich.

    SASCOC, this is the right man for the job to bring back the honour to Karate in South Africa.

    John Williamson
    Events Co-Ordinator
    Pezula Hotel & Spa
    Knysna

  54. Nigel Jackson

    January 4, 2012 at 10:49 am

    Dear Sensei’s/Sports Administrators

    A report by the KSA secretary appeared on my computer. As I am not involved in KSA affairs so I read the report and let it be. A few days later an interesting comment by a senior Northern Province person followed. He took the KSA Secretary to task for the way the report was “smudged” “selective” “spin’ and not a “true reflection” of the actual situation.

    I have a vested membership interest in the Western Province where the Provincial Chairman who also happens to be the KSA Chairman (President ) was constitutionally voted off the position of Provincial Chairman. He had to be literally dragged off the Provinces Chair “kicking and screaming” to use an old pun.

    I wondered at how the KSA president / chairman was able to cause such ructions and destabilization in his own Province and for that matter how the South African Karate community could tolerate such behavior by its national president ?
    I guess that the reason for this may be because the new order in the Province wished to handle the situation on it’s own ?
    Never the less the KSA president should be compelled to explain his actions and behavior in the province to the South African Karate community.

    Going by the reports that I have received, the meeting with SASCOC must have been interesting or traumatic depending on which side of the table one is seated.

    The KSA secretary sent out a comment on the meeting. Once again he smudged over the actual situation that really occurred. Had I not received two independent reports about the goings on at that meeting I could be forgiven if I got the impression that the secretary and the KSA executive appear to be concealing some thing.

    The KSA comment and the reports that I received tell very different stories of the same meeting. May I add my voice to some others people, that the KSA secretary has a duty to send out reports that correctly reflect the meetings that took place.

    One would think that after the KSA secretary received such a stern comment regarding his first report he would take more care to provide an accurate point by point analysis of the meeting that took place and not feed us with a “spin” ?
    The KSA Secretary must not treat the nations Karate members as idiots!!!!!!

    Mr. T. Reddy, the SASCOC official can be applauded for his strong stance and sharpness that he displayed in handling the meeting. At last here was someone who unlike the past officials, appears, not about to brush the KSA executives going on under the carpet. Apparently he pointed a finger at every one and lashed them at the meeting for allowing the sport of Karate’s admin to sink into the poor state that it has. Mr. Reddy has put the KSA structures between a rock and a hard place.

    Personally I have doubts that KSA will be able to easily clean themselves up after almost two decades of Mal financial administration and abuse of the members at Provincial level. .

    How could we allow the KSA situation to carry on for so long with out any one doing some thing about it? Especially so, after the previous executive’s mal-administration ways !!!???

    His words struck at my conscience !!

    I have not involved myself at any level within KSA —— as a senior (old Karate guy) (elder ) am I blameless ? I thought that I was. Mr. Reddy’s words have caused me to re-think my attitude towards the KSA and Provincial executive structures. I had a very good idea that KSA was messing up — yet I did nothing or said anything about it !
    Therefore am I not as much to blame as any one ??? I now believe that I am.

    In the future, as an instructor and member of the Karate community, I am going to do my bit.

    I am going to watch to ensure that in future KSA is absolutely and totally Transparent. Confidentiality and private dealings have no place in a public sports association like Karate.

    I am going to take more interest in the manner in which KSA does its financial controls and report backs.

    I look forward to the forensic audit report that KSA has to commission on themselves and that we as Karate members have to pay for.

    If I have reasonable cause to believe that transparency and financial controls and report backs are not in order. As a member of the Karate public l will knock on Mr. Reddy’s office door and ask him to do “another KSA investigation.”

    I am now anxiously awaiting the results of the forensic audit and other investigations into many of the other issues of poor governance.

    I urge other Sensei’s who have been watching from the side to also become involved in cleaning up KSA.

    Our young Karate competitors deserve much better that this.

    Sincerely

    Nigel Jackson

  55. Brian Lakey

    January 4, 2012 at 11:00 am

    The coming Constitutional meeting will be of interest – it will be good to see how the future KSA will be re-structured to encompass all the components of karate.

    What is even more vital is that the forensic audit be completed ASAP so that whoever goes into the new dispensation if any, will be cleared of the poor governance issues currently on hand. The karate fraternity will then be able to confidently support those who are re-standing and who have not been tarnished.

    We are led to believe that issues facing the current NEC includes:

    Nepotism
    Financial Mismanagement
    Two Bank Accounts
    Monies going into private accounts
    Irregularities with tours to Japan, Benin and others
    Commonwealth finances not concluded
    and the list goes on

    We came from poor governance from KASA to KSA – let us endeavour and place mechanism in place that will prevent such issues from ever happening again.

    Brian Lakey

  56. Ronald Stevens

    January 5, 2012 at 7:39 am

    I support Michael Kliment and TKSA.

    KSA officials must be charged.

  57. TINE LEE SINGH (SKISA)

    January 11, 2012 at 9:54 am

    Osu

    Well done SASCOC and Kyoshi Sonny Pillay, yes it is sad that the dream of our 4 Champions were shattered so as to achieve this outcome, but I guess they have been used as instruments for a bigger cause, their dreams were shattered so as to allow for other karatekas dreams to be realised. To our 4 Champs (Riasha, Mishka, Sharanya, Trina) sorry that your hard work did not pay off this time but am sure with our Leader Kyoshi fighting and off course SASCOC taking KSA on, your loss will someday pave the way for another rainbow childs future.

    Thank you Kyoshi Sonny Pillay, I stand proud a SKISA student and im glad through you, i hv had other opportunities to compete after deciding to quit WKF tournaments (also due to such poor management, nepotism etc etc that went on in KSA)

    In Kyoshi Sonny Pillay’s words ” As the end is really never in sight for a true karateka practitioner we look ahead for new challenges that I am certain will emerge in the future on the way forward in our pursuit for technical excellence in the Art of Karate”.

    Thank you for this platform.

    Tina Lee Singh
    SKISA

  58. Jaco Pretorius

    January 23, 2012 at 12:05 pm

    So sad to read this. 10 years ago KSA had the same problems. SASCOC must make sure that there are policies in place to stop this from happening again.

    I have been following the going ons for 4 years now and I must take my hat off to Michael Kliment for standing by his morals. He was regarded as an outcast by KSA because of his beliefs and association.

    I wish Michael all the best in the future and I believe him to be the future of all karate in South Africa.

    I support Michael Kliment and TKSA.
    OSSU!

  59. KYOSHI SONNY PILLAY

    March 20, 2012 at 9:28 pm

    CONGRATS TO THE NEWLY ELECTED NEC OF KSA MAY YOU ENDEVOUR TO SINCERELY PROMOTE KARATE IN A TRANSPARENT MANNER THAT WILL SPEAK VOLUMES FOR GOOD GOVERNANCE ON THE WAY FOWARD THANK YOU SASCOC FOR BEING BOLD AND DECISIVE IN CLEANING UP KARATE ADMIN HOPEFULLY KARATE ADMIN WILL NEVER BE THE SAME (CORRUPTED) AGAIN THE NEWLY ELECTED KSA NEC MUST ENSURE THAT NEPOTISM AND DISCRIMINATION WILL BE PERMANENTLY RESIGNED TO THE APARTHEID ERA OF THE PAST
    OSS KYOSHI PILLAY

  60. Shihan Wallace Fortuin

    May 2, 2012 at 11:27 am

    Osu

    I hope the Forensic Report is close to conclusion so that those implicated brought to book.
    Well done to the New Executive and we put our Trust and Hope in you.

    We looking to a bright and Honest future for KSA.

    Shihan Wally

  61. Wongalethu

    June 22, 2012 at 10:13 am

    Its high time karate start taking those who have the talent and passion about the sport. The chosen ones are no longer leading, we do not have to afford in order to be able to represent our country internationally.

  62. SHIHAN WALLACE FORTUIN

    November 26, 2012 at 11:47 am

    Karateka (SA)
    WE HAVE NOW REACHED THE END OF 2012 AND NO FORENSIC AUDIT REPORT IS IN SIGHT.SASCOC WE NEED AN ANSWER FOR THE SAKE OF KARATE.
    wE CANNOT GO INTO 2013 WITH UNFINISH BUSINESS.KSA WOULD LIKE TO START FRESH IN 2013.

    THE OLD NEC AND DISSIDENT GROUP STILL SEEMS TO BE AROUND.(SAKF – SOUTH AFRICAN KARATE FEDERATION.WHY IS THE MEMBERS OF THIS GROUP ALSO WANT TO BE PART OF KSA.

    Wally

    REGARDS

  63. CHRIS ENSIL

    April 7, 2013 at 9:58 am

    South Africa, from being the top sport karate country in Africa, 1997, Senegal is now ranked as one of the lowest.

    I chose at the time not to get involved in the politics of karate and focussed only on the development and improvement of our karate athletes. It was a good decision. Together with Al Bischoff, Edward Mshali and Stuart Booth, we ensured that the protea team was the best in Zone six as well as in Africa.

    The strongest coaching and management team this country has ever seen, before or since was disbanded just before we were to start making an impact on WKF and bring home medals from WKF championships.

    Our major problem was that ” there were just too many popes in ROME”. When we discard the Hierachy in the Martial Arts, then only chaos will reign and as we all know “Chaos is the paradise where FOOLS rule”. It is these very fools who destroyed what we had. I resigned when bias referees became selectors at championships by ensuring that weak contestants from their own organizations were refereed into the national team. No wonder we were never able to win or be in the medals at WKF.

    Many top athletes too, had to withdraw from the National team when selected because they were expected to pay their own way to International events. So if you were not monied, yopu could not represent your country. As National Coach I too had to pay my way for 8 years, air-fares, accomodation, meals. Can you imagine the Protea Coach of Soccer, Rugby, Cricket HAVING TO PAY FOR THESE BASICS. No, instead they receive salaries for serving and doing duty for South Africa. A sad staste of affairs is what we have here.

    At this stage, 18 months after the suspension of KSA, we are still not able to bring stability to Sport Karate in South Africa. Why is this?

    1. The forensic audit still has not been published.
    2. The alleged perpetrators named by SASCOC are still able to hold back any progress we are trying to make because their memmbers have not been suspended and are therefor still able to attend meetings and vote on decisions that affect all of us. It is unfortunate that this is how democracy works,. that the majority vote is the one that has to be accepted. The majority can be wrong and vote in the interest of their own groups which is what has happened in the past.
    3. Of those not named, there are still power mongers who are unable to contribute to the positive growth of Sport Karate in South Africa. These same people will only serve to duplicate what has happened in the past.

    Our problem in South Africa is that we have a severe shortage of good leaders. People strive for leadership positions, get there then do not know what to do when they reach their destination. Too many of us do not understand that leaders serve those that have elected them. In the New South African Dictionary “Leader” would read, “One who is able to serve his/her own interest or that of their immediate group with whom they are associated outside of the group that elected them”.

    To Mr.Mubarrak and Mr Reddy … Whilst we struggle to correct and fix the structures our athletes suffer. No tournaments, they grow ring rusty. No provincial and National Training sessions. Should we manage a quik – fix and start competing internationally tomorrow, we will find that we have been left behind by the rest of the world. Our standard has already dropped to its lowest in 16 years. We will need to build our karate players to a level where they can compete with the best in the world and win. The longer we leave it the more we slide into oblivion.

    I hope and pray that all the politcal players concerned with KSA,WKF and SASCOC will consider the players, the competitors … it has always been about them. they bring glory to the country, not pompous, arrogant officials who wield the power to make or break. So, when can we start?

    Chris Ensil – National Coach
    1.Protea Karate Team – 1995 – 2003
    2.Kimura Shukokai SA – 1998 – 2012
    3.SASSU (SA universities) – 2000

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