Date: 24 January 2016
To: Provincial Presidents
CC: Executive Committee
Subject: DOUBLE AFFILIATION AS PER CLAUSE 7 A OF KSA CONSTITUTION
We appreciate the fact that, as a result of UFAK having terminated KSA’s membership, our members and in particular our athletes may be anxious and uncertain about the way forward. Karate, like most sports, is not exempt from a constant shift in political undercurrents. It is inevitable that the functionaries of KSA and/or the decisions that they make from time to time may not always find favour with its members.
Then there are those that believe that the sport of Karate will be better served if they are at the helm. This is a healthy state of affairs because it means that the serving executive is kept on its toes and will eventually be succeeded by those individuals who prove worthy of doing a better job at controlling KSA.
KSA is a voluntary association – it literally exists only because members like you had entered into an agreement as volunteers to form a body to accomplish an agreed purpose.
If KSA’s members is of the view that the executive is not acting in accordance with the scope and objects of its constitution or is not advancing the interests of its members and Karate as a whole, the KSA constitution provides an array of mechanisms to effectively address such concerns.
Whatever the issues may be, the drive by certain individuals to see to the dismantlement of KSA is, with respect, irrational. No good purpose would be served by such a drastic approach.
A vast amount of money, time and effort has been spent to establish KSA and to implement all of the structures, policies networks and goodwill to ensure KSA’s proper functioning.
Perhaps most important of all is the necessity to have a Karate association which, in the eyes of members, athletes and the public at large will provide much needed stability and continuity.
We have obtained legal advice that UFAK’s decision to terminate KSA’s membership was unlawful and we have accordingly declared a formal dispute seeking to protects the interests of KSA and its members. Further details of this dispute can be found on KSA’s website.
KSA has also launched an application in the High Court seeking to interdict and restrain what appears to be an unlawful attempt by a “rival association” to effectively subsume KSA as the recognised controlling body of Sport Karate in South Africa.
It is important for you to know that at this juncture KSA is still a member of SASCOC and enjoys its support.
KSA is also still a member of the WKF and we are optimistic that KSA’s dispute with UFAK and the “rival association” will place the WKF in the full picture and safeguard our relationship with the WKF.
It has come to our attention that certain of our members have joined the “rival association” and that there are more members that may follow suit. They – and you for that matter – are off course free to do so. What should however be borne in mind is that the KSA Constitution and rules and regulations thereunder does not allow for such dual membership and constitutes grounds for the termination of your membership with KSA.
NB. We would request of those members who claims that they have been misled to formally distance themselves from any activities of the newly launched “karate federation”.
Please do not hesitate to raise any queries that you may have with our legal committee via the secretary.
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