Should we be surprised at what happened to SA Olympic swimmer, Gerhard Zandberg at the FINA World Championships in Barcelona?
Probably not, as SA swimming (SSA) has a track record.
There has been a public outcry against SSA for the punishment handed out to Zandberg for allegedly changing hotel rooms without permission and criticising team management on social media.
Zandberg was lured into a SSA disciplinary hearing via a WhatsApp message from the team manager that made no mention of a hearing and he was bullied into accepting:
â€¢ R50 000 cash fine (later reduced to R5 000)
â€¢ 2-year ban from swimming
â€¢ 1-year community service for SwimSA
â€¢ Immediate scratching from all World Cup events
If only Zandberg was a politician, he could have escaped with a fine the equivalent of 30 days salary, privileges suspended for 15 days and exclusion from parliamentary debates or committee meetings, which he could have slept through.
A former SA swimmer said via email. â€œIt is with the utmost disgust that I read about SSAâ€™s treatment of Gerhard Zandberg. The trouble with these autocrats are that they have never been in the mix with swimmers at grassroots and team level and as such have