After months of controversy and speculation, Cricket South Africa (CSA) announced that it will release a summary of the Fundudzi forensic report to the media and general public on 25 November.
CSA’s interim board believe it is in the best interests of cricket that the report is made public erasing all doubt regarding what is and isn’t part of the extensive investigation into the conduct of the former board, its disgraced and dismissed CEO Thabang Moroe and the administration of cricket in the country for the last 48 months.
The governing body has made it clear that while the report is extensive, it is by no means exhaustive or all-encompassing and the information contained therein has not been corroborated by CSA.
CSA have clarified that the report was always intended for use as an internal document, but in the face of rampant allegations of maladministration they have little choice but to make it available to the wider public in a bid to restore faith in the organisation.
CSA explain change of heart
Non-Independent Director of CSA John Mogodi explained why the organisation has chosen to make elements of the report available to the public.
Mogodi said: “Following requests from the Ministry of Sports, Art and Culture, South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC), members of the media, and concerns from sponsors and employees about the contents of the Fundudzi Forensic Report, CSA has, with legal counsel, decided to make a summary forensic report available to all stakeholders, including cricket-loving members of the public, via the media and other distribution channels.
“The full forensic report was made available to the CSA Members’ Council for inspection, subject to certain conditions related to confidentiality, including the execution of non-disclosure agreements, in line with the protection of the organisation.
“In the interest of cricket and to mend relationships, CSA’s Members Council, unanimously agreed to make the summary Forensic Report available to all stakeholders, including the Board of CSA and its executives, and thereafter to all interested stakeholders including members of the media.
“Importantly, the summary of all findings and recommendations (‘Summary Forensic Report’) is a direct extract from the Fundudzi Report and has not been amended by CSA’s lawyers save for the matters detailed below.
“As previously reported, the CSA Board appointed Bowman’s Attorneys to assist the independent Audit and Risk Committee members to project manage a legal roadmap to give full effect to all findings and recommendations in the Fundudzi Report and identify matters that require further investigation and or corroboration.”
Scope of the forensic report
According to official CSA correspondence the full Forensic Report touched on roughly 20 themes/areas of concern:
1. Revocation of media accreditation.
2. Relationship with SACA.
3. Allegations of non-responsiveness by CSA.
4. Appointment of ‘Service Provider X’1.
5. Step-in rights at WPCA.
6. Step in rights at NWC.
7. Framework Agreement entered into between GSC and CSA.
8. Production Agreement entered into between GSC and CSA.
9. Expenditures relating to CSA credit cards.
10. Extending loans to affiliates / unions.
11. Effectiveness of internal controls.
12. Examining payments related to tax and VAT liability.
13. Structure of the Board.
14. Fraud detection and prevention.
15. Value-In-Kind sponsorships.
16. Organisational design.
17. Appointment of Chantel Moon as Head of HR.
18. Reviewing policies.
19. Review of key procurement contracts.
20. NSA Vulindlela Agreements.
The summary of the Fundudzi Report can be viewed here.