Cricket South Africa CEO Thabang Moroe fired

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Cricket South Africa announced the dismissal of former CEO Thabang Moroe with immediate effect on Thursday 27 August. 

The decision comes almost a full nine months after he was suspended in December of 2019.

According to CSA, Moroe was fired following an independent forensic investigation which revealed he had “committed acts of serious misconduct”.

Cricket South Africa have now dismissed three senior staff members while seeing a slew of others resign. Moroe joins former chief operating officer Naasei Appiah and former head of sales and sponsorship Clive Eksteen in declaring his intent to challenge the decision in court.

Cleaning house

Following the resignation of CSA President Chris Nenzani, interim CEO Jacques Faul ended his secondment from the Titans leaving CSA to appoint Kugandrie Govender as the acting CEO of the embattled organisation on 17 August.

The exact details of the acts committed by Moroe have not been revealed by CSA and it is unclear if they will make the report from the forensic investigators available to the member’s council or the press and wider public.

Financial misdemeanours are believed to be at the heart of his dismissal. Still, the suspension of the accreditation of five journalists late last year, the misuse of CSA’s step-in rights over provincial unions which led to the Western Province Board being disbanded and CSA’s increasingly poor relationship with the player’s union, are all believed to have played a role in his position being terminated.

CSA afforded Moroe the opportunity to explain his alleged misconduct at two meetings before being dismissed on Thursday 27 August.

“Mr Thabang Moroe was offered sufficient opportunity to provide representations to the independent forensic auditors and to the Board regarding the allegations of misconduct, which opportunity he failed and/or refused to utilise,” a CSA statement read.

CSA not out of the woods

Moroe becomes the third successive CEO to leave CSA under a cloud having stepped in to replace the sacked Haroon Lorgat who was appointed to take over for the disgraced Gerald Majola.

CSA have been asked to make an appearance in front of South Africa’s parliament to answer questions regarding forensic investigations, as well as issues related to transformation and governance. 

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