Boucher, Smith fiascos symptomatic of sordid legacy at Cricket South Africa

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Rebuilding, reforming and renewing a broken institution is the task of Sisyphus. Two pushes of the heavy ball up a steep hill, at least one roll back down. Ask Cyril Ramaphosa. Or Franklin D Roosevelt. Or Lawson Naidoo, the still relatively new chair of Cricket South Africa. 

American magnate Warren Buffet once famously quipped about business that “it takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it.” In politics – and apparently in sporting politics too – you can reframe the proposition: it takes 20 years to destroy a reputation but a lot longer than five minutes to rebuild it. 

Ask Ramaphosa. Again. Or Naidoo. Again. 

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Richard Calland
Richard Calland is an associate professor in public law at the University of Cape Town and a founding partner of the Paternoster Group.

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