Comrades body 'sham'
THE Comrades Marathon boardroom saga took a wicked turn this week when its chairman Dave Dixon sought legal counsel behind the board's back in a devious bid to hang on to power.
Sunday World has learnt that Dixon, in cahoots with vice-chairman Jeremy Boulter, sought legal counsel to "advising" that the board elected at last month's acrimonious AGM be legitimised.
The Comrades Marathon Association (CMA) was to hold fresh elections at a special general meeting next month after the current board was branded "illegitimate" because members who were not in good standing were allowed to vote and stand for positions, contrary to the CMA constitution.
Dixon, who was elected for a third term as chairman, is fighting to avoid fresh elections and for the current board to remain as it is.
An internal CMA document seen by Sunday World lists a staggering "68 total number of discrepancies affecting voting rights" at the October 31 AGM, including the names of members who settled their fee at the door.
Sunday World also established that Dixon, at a hastily convened board meeting on Tuesday, tabled a document called "Memorandum of Advice" drafted by attorney Nigel Tatham to the board, which insisted that the current board was legitimate.
Tatham's document said CMA members who had not paid their membership could still do so at any time after their January 31 deadline and still be allowed to vote at the AGM. His memorandum was then adopted at Tuesday's board meeting as a resolution with only two board members out of eight, Steve Mkasi and McDonald Chitja, opposing the move.
Clause 14.1 of the CMA constitution states that members can participate in the general meetings affairs only if their fees are paid in full and all membership requirements are met .
Boulter referred all questions to Dixon. Dixon failed to respond to multiple requests for comment.