Tokozile Xasa has appointed veteran sports administrator Mthobi Tyamzashe to oversee changes at SASCOC ©Getty Images

Veteran sports administrator Mthobi Tyamzashe has been appointed by the South African Government to oversee changes at the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC).

Several changes to the body have been recommended by an inquiry that found SASCOC to be "factional and dysfunctional", while also claiming it has failed to meet governance compliance standards and wastes money.

An investigation was first launched after allegations emerged of maladministration and financial irregularities, but SASCOC's President Gideon Sam has pushed back against many of the recommended changes.

This has caused tension between himself and Sports Minister Tokozile Xasa who has called Sam "disrespectful".

The inquiry also labelled Sam's leadership style as "dictatorial".

Among the changes suggested is that the President should be elected by an independent committee and not the SASCOC Council, and that Board members should waive membership of any other national sports federations they belong to.

It is also proposed that terms for Board members should be reduced from three four-year stints to two.

SASCOC has been given until April 30 to assure the South African Government that it will act and according to Eyewitness News, Tyamzashe has been appointed to ensure it does.  

The news website describes Tyamzashe as an experienced sports administrator as he was the first director general of the South African Sports Department.

SASCOC President Gideon Sam has been called disrespectful for his reluctance to implement many of the recommended changes ©Getty Images
SASCOC President Gideon Sam has been called disrespectful for his reluctance to implement many of the recommended changes ©Getty Images

He also reportedly produced the first post-independence white paper on sports and recreation policy in the country and was part of the unity talks that brought together black, white and Indian football structures to create the South African Football Association.

He may face a tough task in ensuring that SASCOC do implement the changes, however.

In a defiant statement last month SASCOC suggested some of the changes were unnecessary, while claiming they have already been implementing their own reforms for some time.

"We wish to also state categorically that we began a process of organisational renewal and austerity measures, without having to be cajoled by anyone else to do so, as early as April 2017," they said.

"We decided to start the implementation of the austerity measures in the interest of the organisation."

This latest development comes as SASCOC are due in court to fight a liquidation request.

In February, a former media partner of the body, Highbury Media, filed for SASCOC's liquidation after saying they had not been paid for 10 months' worth of work.

They claim to be owed ZAR4.7 million (£269,300/$348,900/€306,200) which they allege SASCOC is refusing to pay.

SASCOC hit back by calling the request "a deliberate attempt at creating a misleading perception that SASCOC is insolvent".

The case is due to begin this week.