CSA Board of Directors resign en-masse
The leadership crisis at Cricket South Africa (CSA) has finally come to a head with the resignation of their entire Board of Directors.
CSA revealed on Monday 26 October that the entire Board would step aside to allow for much-needed restructuring, barring Zola Thamae, John Mogodi and Donovan May, who will remain as directors until the interim board structure is put in place.
CSA Board of Directors resign
The Members’ Council of CSA called on the Board to resign last week after the governing body was made aware of Sports Minister Nathi Mthethwa’s intent to intervene in the running of the professional game.
“Following a meeting of the Members’ Council of yesterday, Sunday, 25 October 2020 held to discuss a roadmap for Cricket South Africa (CSA), the Members’ Council received and accepted resignations from all the Board members,” CSA said in a statement published on Monday.
“All resignations are with immediate effect except for three members, namely, Zola Thamae, John Mogodi and Donovan May, who will remain as directors until the interim board structure has been appointed to ensure the continuity and stability of the organisation.”
Rihan Richards, who was appointed Acting President of the Members’ Council, will, in accordance with the provisions of the CSA Memorandum of Incorporation, be Chairperson of the Board and thus the fourth member of the Board.
“The Members’ Council sincerely thanks every member who diligently served on the Board, and selflessly sacrificed their time for extended and often, overwhelming periods, to assist Cricket South Africa in addressing some very burdensome conditions. We appreciate their commitment to cricket, and despite the turbulent economic climate, Cricket South Africa, under their leadership, received an unqualified audit for the financial year ending 30 April 2020. We wish them well in their future endeavours,” concluded Richards.
Members’ Council at the wheel
This effectively places CSA in the hands of the major stakeholders in the professional and semi-professional, the provincial cricket unions represented by their presidents on the Members’ Council.
There is still the matter of co-operating with government and the national Olympic committee. The Members’ Council have indicated their intent to be more accomodating while also being eager to safeguard the game from more irresponsible administrators.
“Everyone on the Board has now gone and we will now move forward with our interim board plan. We want to send the Minister a response before our meeting on Tuesday. We’ve opened communication with Sascoc, but we need to nominate people who will add value to cricket, we need to guard against people coming in who are not going to help CSA.
“We want to get that interim Board as clean as possible and you can’t serve on that body and then be a board member afterwards because that would be a conflict of interest and we don’t want people to be persuaded into doing things that are not for the benefit of the game. Knowledge of cricket is going to be key and the biggest question facing us is whether we want totally independent figures or cricket people,” a provincial president who sits on the Members Council told The Citizen on Monday.
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