South Africa coach Mark Boucher charged with gross misconduct

South Africa

Proteas team director Mark Boucher has been charged with charged with gross misconduct by Cricket South Africa.

Boucher will face a disciplinary hearing chaired by senior counsel advocate Terry Motau.

He remains in his role as head coach of the senior men’s team, and will be with the team as they take on India in the second ODI in Paarl on Friday.

CSA named Motau as chairperson of the disciplinary hearing into the allegations of misconduct against Boucher on Thursday.

The governing body said in a statement that the coach has been presented with the charges against him.

“It is proposed that the parties [Boucher] will meet with Advocate [Motau] on 26th January 2022 to determine a timetable for the proceedings,” the statement said.

“This follows December’s Social Justice and Nation-Building (SJN) report, which made tentative findings regarding allegations of discrimination and racism against various persons, including Mr Boucher. Specifically, during the SJN process, allegations of racism were levelled against Mr Boucher by his former Proteas team-mate, Paul Adams.

“CSA confirms that a charge sheet, containing both the disciplinary charges against Mr Boucher, as well as his rights, was provided to him on 17 January. The upcoming inquiry will also consider concerns and allegations that arose following the resignation of former assistant coach, Enoch Nkwe.

“While Mr Boucher is being charged with gross misconduct, which could lead to his dismissal, CSA emphasises it is important that the independent inquiry first needs to test all allegations before any question of sanction can arise.”

The Social Justice and Nation Buiding report, which was released in December, made “tentative” findings that Boucher, among others, had engaged in prejudicial and discriminatory conduct in the past on the basis of race.

Ombudsman Dumisa Ntsebeza was unable to make definite findings and recommended to CSA that a further process be undertaken for this.

Cricket South Africa are now moving ahead with the disciplinary process.

“Further steps and action by CSA to transform cricket and act on other applicable recommendations in the SJN report, aligned to the Board’s new strategic framework and pillars of access, inclusion and excellence, will be announced in due course,” the statement concluded.

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