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Ramela Takes CSA and Sports Ministry to Court

Former South African Cricketers’ Association President Omphile Ramela is taking Cricket South Africa and the Sports Ministry to court.

Ramela has lodged an application in the South Gauteng High Court against CSA for his removal from its interim board in December.

He filed papers to CSA on 15 January, with the Ministry of Sport as first respondent, after he was removed from the board on 10 December.

The former Cobras and Lions batsman is contesting the resolution that was taken by the interim board at the time, declaring his removal as unlawful.

Ramela was announced by Minister of Sport Nathi Mthethwa as one of the members to serve on the new interim board in October. But, chairman judge Zak Yacoob detailed issues the board was having with Ramela, which led to his removal on 15 December.

“He has been generally obstructive in relation to board matters, generally defending the indefensible, basically refusing to accept the majority,” Yacoob said at the time. “He seems to make a distinction between what is right and majority decisions, and if he feels that majority decisions are wrong that he can continue to fight about them for hours and hours. He does not have the discipline to accept majority decisions. He has been obstructive in relation to every difficult decision we have had to take, and it has been virtually impossible to deal with him.”

Ramela opted against attending a hearing that day and ignored all correspondence with the board.

Dylan Rogers
Dylan Rogers

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