Tony McKeever, who will be standing for the position of president in the forthcoming Eastern Province Rugby Union (EPRU) elections, believes new Elephants coach Chris Grobler should not unpack his bags too quickly.
“Pat de Silva (currently president of EP) appointed Grobler irregularly. He had no mandate to do that at this time of the year,” said McKeever, who was previously chief executive of the Southern Spears.
“It was specifically noted at a meeting of the EPRU’s executive that no coach would be appointed before the elections.”
Michael Green writes in Die Burger that De Silva rejected McKeever’s statement with contempt.
“It’s nonsense. I had a mandate and we followed the correct procedure,” he said.
McKeever also accused De Silva of using the EPRU’s resources to wage his campaign to be re-elected as president.
“I’ve not even had time yet to campaign for votes!,” was De Silva’s riposte.
“People and clubs are phoning me about the elections.”
McKeever also had plenty to say about the other two candidates – Cheeky Watson and Willie Blundin.
“I know Cheeky well and regularly speak to him. I’m not as political as he is and prefer to focus on rugby and strengthen the clubs and the area,” he said.
He wondered whether Blundin would have a rescue plan for the EPRU and could action it quickly. “Or will he need six months to learn the job?”
McKeever said he was standing alone as president and does not have other officials that he will nominate for positions.
De Silva on Wednesday announced his team for the election on November 29.
It is: De Silva (president), Hannes Marais (senior vice-president), Dan Ngqape (junior vice-president), Melvin David (development), Bassie van der Walt (finance), Laurie Marx (disciplinary) en Julius Mali (facilities).Tweet