Promoters, Kodwa, and BSA matter stood down as an amicable solution is sought

Promoters, Kodwa, and BSA matter stood down as an amicable solution is sought

The legal impasse between the National Professional Boxing Promoters Association (NPBPA) and the Minister of Sports, Arts and Culture Zizi Kodwa and Boxing South Africa (BSA) took another twist today, as the two parties started a process towards finding an amicable solution.

Today was set to be the court hearing at the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria for the matter the promoters had brought to court challenging the processes that led to the appointment of the latest Boxing SA board.

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But the matter was stood down until next week, to allow the two parties to find each other and resolve this matter amicably.

Speaking after a brief meeting with the leadership of NPBPA, Kodwa had this update.

''We just concluded what I call a preliminary meeting with promoters, we agreed to meet tomorrow at 9am - both sides agreed for the matter to stand down to allow us to engage. We are doing all of this in the interest of Boxing,'' said Kodwa.

After Kodwa had appointed a new Boxing SA board in November last year, the NPBPA raised objections and said there was no proper consultative process before the appointments were made.

The new board was then interdicted, but last week Kodwa filed a notice of withdrawal to oppose the court challenge of NPBPA and re-started the process of appointing a new board.

''We are concerned about the state of boxing, and the matters that are being ventilated there. I don't think they are in the interest of boxing. Both sides can find an amicable way to address all those disputes,'' added Kodwa. 

With the process of appointing a new board currently underway, Kodwa was not clear on the timelines of these deliberations with NPBPA but says a speedy amicable solution is needed, and this could take about two weeks.

Kodwa also opened up on how the process of finding an amicable solution came about.

''Sometimes when you talk about issues of negotiations, settlements, we don't look back and say we regret or we were wrong, but at a certain point you arrive to say maybe something else should come in.

''I want to see promoters promoting boxing not in court with the minister,'' he concluded.

The NPBPA had won all their court challenges to date against the Minister and BSA, but the Chairperson of the promoters Ayanda Matiti says for them it was not about coming to court at all costs.

Another thorny issue that was to come up in court today was the appointment of the Accounting Authority Mandla Ntlanganiso, the promoters had argued that Kodwa doesn’t have a right to make this appointment, even through the Public Finance Management Act (PFMA), which is the process, he followed. Matiti said they will meet until they find each other, and revealed what it will take to get to that amicable solution.