JOHANNESBURG – While Cricket South Africa officials have been trying internally to paint a rosy picture of the organization for players and the remaining sponsors, last week confirmed that Sport Minister Nathi Mthethwa is ready to intervene in the organization, shows something else.
Senior officials at CSA, including acting CEO Kugandrie Govender, met with national players on Thursday where the players were told that CSA was a stable organization.
Govender confirmed yesterday that she told players that CSA was in a stable position financially.
That may be the case for now. However, the CSA’s finances will eventually feel the effects of the Covid-19 lockdown, especially if it cannot sign sponsors and the revised broadcast agreement with SuperSports has not been signed.
Other parts of CSA may not be as stable as finances currently are. The day before Govender met the players was a clear signal of what an unstable organization CSA is, evident by the statement from Mthethwas’s office that he gave the federation until October 27, 5:00 p.m. to make written statements, if they wish. , about why he should not exercise his decision to intervene as prescribed by the laws of the land.
Cricket SA has appeared before the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Sports, Arts and Culture three times in the past five months, the leadership has had several meetings with Mthethwa, it has been the subject of a forensic investigation, one CEO has been fired, another acting CEO is stepped down a month before his contract expired, the president also resigned a month before his term expired, his sponsors walked out and the nationally contracted players have expressed disappointment with the way the organization is being run.
That doesn’t sound like a stable organization. Before speaking on Wednesday, Mthethwas received a letter from the acting president of the CSA, Beresford Williams, which is dizzying in tone. Williams basically charges that Mthethwa doesn’t understand the law – the National Sports and Recreation Act of 1998 – informing his ministry.
The members of the CSA board have now had the opportunity to consider your request to resign, Williams wrote on Oct. 9. Each of them believes that he / she will not resign unless he / she is properly discharged in accordance with the applicable provisions of the CSA memorandum of association. They believe (and have been advised) that under the National Sport and Recreation Act 110 of 1998 you do not have the authority to require members of the CSA Board to resign. Of course that did not go well with Mthethwa.
I would like to point out that my role as Minister responsible for Sports, Arts and Culture is to ensure that the existing mechanisms for handling sports disputes are invoked in terms of the mandate of Sascocs (SA Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee) , whenever it appears that certain of their affiliates are discrediting their sport.
Beyond the National Sport and Recreation Act 110 of 1998, you seem selective
quote from, to show that I do not have the power to intervene, you are kindly reminded
that as a sovereign country in which I am the minister responsible for Sports, Art and
Culture, I have a whole host of laws that allow me to deal effectively with unruly behavior within my portfolio.
How can a player, sponsor or persons with an interest in cricket read those paragraphs from Mthethwa and think that the organization running the sport is stable?
Govender, a handful of senior management personnel and the board of directors were asked to step aside, while a proposal from Sascoc to create a task team to investigate CSA is underway. Mthethwa supports Sascoc’s proposals. The Cricket SA leadership refuses to do so, effectively putting them at war with the government.
Williams has talked about caring for the sport and wanting to serve, but has shown all but those qualities as Cricket SA has been tossed from one crisis to another in the three short months he has headed the organization.
The last topic anyone at CSA has talked about is the game itself. There is a tour of 50-over world champions England set to take place next month, and it is absolutely crucial to CSA’s finances that that tour take place even if crowds are not allowed into the stadiums.
To paint a rosy picture for the players about the organization and blame the media for being too harsh is just delusional.
The players are not stupid, they see, read and hear what is going on, that a minister wants to intervene, that a season has been shortened, that the acting chairman is asked to leave a meeting with parliament and that sponsors play the sport. have left. Cricket SA still has not spoken a word publicly about Mthethwas’s plan to intervene. Maybe it goes deeper into the sports law, maybe it will file a complaint about government interference with the International Cricket Council – which could lead to SA cricket being banned from the international arena.