Cricket SA meets sports ministry report deadline

Cricket South Africa (CSA) has met its deadline to complete a report requested by the sports ministry, in response to recommendations made by a ministerial inquiry.

The cricket body had finished the report, CSA spokesperson Michael Owen-Smith confirmed on Monday, in line with the deadline set by Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula.

“The report was due to be sent via email this morning,” Owen-Smith said.

“Any further comment must come from the minister’s side, not ours.”

While the report had been completed, however, Mbalula’s spokesperson Paena Galane, could not confirm whether it had been received, as it was being handled by another department at Sport and Recreation South Africa (SRSA).

Galane said he could not get in touch with the relevant SRSA staff on Monday, a public holiday.

Once the report was received, Galane said Mbalula would consider whether CSA had taken appropriate action after a ministerial inquiry into its finances.

Steering committee
The CSA board said last month it had accepted, in principle, the recommendations made by the inquiry, led by retired judge Chris Nicholson.

The cricket body set up a steering committee, comprising board representatives as well as independent members, to lead discussions on the governance structures of CSA.

A senior counsel was also appointed to chair the disciplinary inquiry of suspended CSA chief executive Gerald Majola.

Acting president Willie Basson said CSA may not follow one of the recommendations from the inquiry committee, which suggested it elect a smaller board with a majority of independent, professionally skilled, non-executive directors.

Basson said CSA would need to ensure it stuck to diversity and transformation principles in any restructuring process.

Majola was suspended after a lengthy bonus saga involving 40 members of CSA staff.

Bonuses amounting to R4.7-million were paid after the federation hosted the 2009 Indian Premier League, but the payments were not cleared by the board or the CSA remuneration committee. — Sapa

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