The chief executive of SA Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee, Tubby Reddy looks as if he’ll be fired pretty soon for grossly inappropriate misconduct.
He is under investigation for sending lewd images and messages to female staff.
Reddy is facing charges of sexual harassment from the internal disciplinary commission, and SASCOC’s board were said to have met on Wednesday to decide how they’ll deal with the issue.
It’s been one hell of a saga: One of the complainants had her work computer hacked and a forged message sent on her behalf.
The fake email apologised for defaming the character of Mr Reddy and blamed the accusations on peer pressure from senior management.
The letter claimed that the harassed woman was “apologising sincerely to Tubby and his family, for putting them through this senseless and unnecessary hurt and smear campaign.”
Since this was proved to be a forgery, the pressure has been mercilessly cranked up on the SASCOC CEO. He has not handled it well, either.
An anonymous source revealed that Reddy went over everyone’s head at the committee to report the issue to Thulas Nxesi, the government’s Minister of Sport.
The tipster also revealed just how many women have been harassed in this manner by Reddy, telling IOL:
“He (Reddy) told the minister, in a letter, that he was being victimised by certain Sascoc members and the allegations were fabricated. Sascoc was directed by the ministry to handle the situation.”
“Four other female staff resigned in recent year because they were allegedly sexually harassed by Reddy.”
On Tuesday, the Olympic committee decided to suspend their CEO for his sexual misconduct, for 48 hours. He was expected to convene with the board on Wednesday to present a case as to why his suspension should not be made permanent.
Nxesi’s spokesperson Sabelo Mali said he could not comment on the matter because Sascoc was an independent federation.
By Tom Head for thesouthafrican