MSSA President Tells The Community To Take A Hike
The MSSA has been a topic of conversation for a few months now, if you’ve been following the local eSport community. Ex-President Colin Webster lost a lot of the local communities’ faith during his tenure as leader, but now a new face has taken over the committee that essentially runs National eSports, and he made a pretty terrible first impression.
New MSSA President, Simphiwe Maphumulo, was given the chance to show the community how he would change and progress the organisation during an interview published this weekend. The interview addressed a lot of mild topics, with Maphumulo attempting to reassure the community that he was there to make a difference, and hopefully focus on making local eSports a massive spectator sport locally. It all sounded great, if a little like PR, but it’s in the comments section where things started to go a bit wrong.
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As you’d expect, the eSports community took this opportunity to vent frustrations, but also ask a few important questions of Maphumulo. Some asked how the MSSA was planning to address international representation, using the recent Southern Barbarians incident as an example of a South African team not being able to use the country’s name. Others asked why local eSport members should register with an organisation that has continuously lied to them, while many wanted to know why it cost R500 just to lodge a complaint with the MSSA.
They kept on coming as the hours ticked over. Why had it taken nearly three months for Maphumulo to agree to his first interview? Why was Colin Webster still dealing with most press releases? Why did the MSSA ban people who had legitimate questions about the organisation? How many other candidates were there for the presidency? What credentials made Maphumulo the correct man for the job?
These, and around 300 other comments with questions and discussions of their own, were directed at the new President, who had stated that he would answer them on a person to person basis. Impossible with that amount, but you’d expect at least some of the more pressing ones to get a straight, definitive answer, right? Wrong.
Instead of using this opportunity to prove that he wants to change the MSSA, Maphumulo basically confirmed to the local community that he is no more than another face behind an organisation gamers can no longer trust or believe in. In total, Maphumulo answered two questions, addressing why Colin Webster was still handling press releases and attempting to explain why it took three months for us to even hear from him. The rest? Well they just weren’t answered at all, giving those looking for reasons to join the MSSA nothing.
It got a bit worse too. Maphumulo ended off his comment by saying that only members of the MSSA have the right to ask questions of the organisation, and that this is common for any federation. This means that if anyone has inquiries as to why certain decisions were made, or why they should trust the MSSA after all the events of last year, they need to become members first and then pay for an inquiry. In honesty, the new MSSA President told the local community to take a hike.
Maphumulo also then made it clear that any accusations made against him that were false would be met with action. It was unclear whether he meant personal action or action from the MSSA as a whole.
Han Cilliers, the MWEB Gamezone Editor who conducted the interview, confirmed that the comments made on the website were those of the new MSSA President, and expressed her own frustration at his comments after defending him prior to his reply. A follow-up article has been promised, which could possibly feature more words from the President, but right now, is anyone even listening anymore? I know I’m finding it hard to.