- The South African Minister of Sports Nathi Mthethwa has decided to remove Cricket South Africa's powers to govern the game of cricket in Mzansi
- In response to the move by Mthethwa, CSA has also released a statement acknowledging the minister’s decision, saying it’s a sad day for cricket and the nation
- Meanwhile, the game faces an uncertain future and it remains unclear for how long Minister Mthethwa’s decision will stand against CSA
In a twist of events, Minister of Sport Nathi Mthethwa has stripped Cricket South Africa of their authority to run cricket in the country.
Mthethwa has exercised his powers according to Section 13 of the National Sport and Recreation Act, thus banning the governing body from being recognised as the custodians of the game.
It is reported that the action follows a members' council that voted not to implement a new memorandum of incorporation, which would have meant having more independent directors as well as an independent chair.
CSA has since released a statement in the wake of the latest developments and has acknowledged the receipt of the minister’s decision.
The statement to the media said it is a sad day for the country and the game plus millions of South African fans. Reads the statement:
“It is indeed a very sad day for our country, for cricket, for the millions of South African fans who love the game and the sponsors who have committed to cricket and its grassroots development. But it is a specifically sad day for the players, staff and others whose livelihoods are at stake.”
Meanwhile, Chair of the Board Dr Stavros Nicolaou added:
“Only the Members’ Council can retrieve the situation now by resolving to support an expedited procedure in terms of section 60 of the Companies’ Act.”
Moreover, the embattled board commended the majority of the Members’ Council who support good governance and voted in favour of a modern governance structure for cricket. Added the statement.
“It is deeply disappointing that a self-interested vocal minority voted against change while three members chose to abstain. These actions have now brought the game to its knees and will cause the greatest crisis since readmission.”
Briefly News reported that the National Arts Council’s (NAC) Chief Executive and Chief Financial Officer have been suspended following an investigation regarding the accountability of the R300 million meant for those involved in the creative field.
R300 million was allocated to the NAC while R150 million was allocated to the National Film and Video Foundation and R60 million to the Sports Trust.
This brings the total allocated among all the departments to R665 million with the remaining R155 million being shared between sports compliance projects, heritage, presidential and economic projects.
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