SASCOC Asks CSA Board to Step Aside

The Cricket South Africa board has been asked by the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee to step aside.

In a three-page‚ 10-point letter addressed to the organisation, SASCOC cited CSA’s multiple governance lapses‚ the litany of resignations and dismissals, and its reticence with regards the releasing of a forensic report that can only be viewed if Member’s Council members sign a non-disclosure form.

“SASCOC has attempted to address these issues in two meetings with the CSA board. One was exploratory‚ and the other failed to take place mainly because of the fact that CSA failed to make the Fundudzi Forensic Report available to the SASCOC board despite promises and undertakings by CSA to do so‚” the letter said. “CSA is in receipt of our letter which records that the board’s decision to make the said report available only on a limited basis to the President and board members of SASCOC‚ is wholly unreasonable and irrational given the apparent nature and scope of the report.”

SASCOC’s board has also moved to appoint a task team to investigate CSA’s affairs and it has been given a month to report back its findings and recommendations to SASCOC’s board and the cricket body’s Member’s Council.

CSA has responded by saying that it “does not agree with the resolution taken by SASCOC and has not had the opportunity to engage with SASCOC on various issues raised in the communication.”

It went on to say that: “In addition, CSA is taking legal advice regarding the basis on which SASCOC has sought to intervene in the business affairs of CSA. CSA does, however, commit to engaging further with SASCOC to understand its position and to find common ground with it in the best interests of cricket. The Members’ Council and the Directors of the Board of CSA will hold a joint workshop this weekend to discuss critical matters. “