The South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) are reportedly disappointed that Cricket South Africa (CSA) have resolved to legally challenge their decision to probe the governing body.
SASCOC say they will be appointing an investigative task team to look into the rot at CSA. Last month CSA fired CEO Thabang Moroe for alleged financial misconduct, worryingly bringing to three the number of successive chief executives to be dismissed for maladministration.
Forensic report at the centre of a storm
CSA have witheld the forensic report that damned Moroe, insisting that anyone who wishes to view the document does so at the offices of their attorneys and signs a non-disclosure agreement.
The beleaguered board led by acting president Beresford Williams, have vowed to fight against the administration order, a stance that has dissapointed SASCOC who are themselves embroiled in a fierce leadership dispute and nominations scandal.
“It is unfortunate they didn’t meet with us,” Ravi Govender, the SASCOC’s acting CEO, told ESPNcricinfo. “It was disappointing that they issued a statement without us having the opportunity to address to them. The SASCOC board takes a dim view that CSA have taken a position without engaging us.”
SASCOC met with CSA once already and had planned on a second conference but the forensic report’s availability scuppered plans for another meeting.
Instead SASCOC wrote to CSA’s Members Council which is made up of representatives from the 14 provincial cricket unions.
The Olympic committee insist that they have not placed CSA under administration but will be investigating their conduct.
“We have not put CSA under administration,” he said. “We are going to keep the ICC informed and we are going to share information with them. We are not calling for the suspension of CSA. We are looking into the governance issues relating to the problems.
“That is why we wrote to the Members Council – because we believed it was proper and appropriate to engage with them,” Govender said.
CSA forge ahead despite SASCOC opposition
CSA continue to operate ‘as normal’ but SASCOC could take more concrete steps against the governing body if they fail to act accordingly.
SASCOC had hoped for further consultation with CSA’s members council but it appears that the executive board have blocked any meetings between the bodies.
CSA have postponed board elections in a bid to get their house in order under pressure from government, sponsors, players and other key stakeholders.