Acting Cricket South Africa president Beresford Williams. Picture: Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix
Acting Cricket South Africa president Beresford Williams. Picture: Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

Parliament to get full Cricket South Africa forensic report

By Stuart Hess Time of article published Oct 9, 2020

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JOHANNESBURG - Cricket South Africa will press ahead with handing the full Fundudzi forensic report to the parliamentary portfolio committee for sport at the same time as it continues making progress on a “road map” leading up to its rescheduled annual general meeting.

The drama around the report and its contents is only likely to increase as committee members come to terms with it ahead of another meeting with CSA, a date for which will be scheduled once members have read the report.

While the summary of the report, made public on Monday, paints a picture of a dysfunctional organisation, where the country’s laws were flouted and the board of directors made little to no use of its oversight measures, the full report is likely to offer more in-depth reasons for why Cricket SA finds itself in the position it currently does.

Marius Schoeman, one of CSA’s independent directors who initiated the move to hand over the full report during Tuesday’s fiery engagement with the portfolio committee, also confirmed that the committee would not be receiving the 468-page document and its various attachments from CSA’s lawyers Bowman Gilfillan, but straight from Fundudzi Forensic Services, so as to eliminate any concerns about tampering.

Meanwhile, Cricket SA confirmed yesterday that the advertisements to apply for independent directors which closed last week and were for four positions on the board, are part of the federation’s “road map” leading up to the AGM, which has been rescheduled to take place on December 5.

In terms of those four positions, once they have been filled, they will take the number of independent directors to five - the same as it has been for the last eight years.

How that would ensure that it fulfilled the Nicholson recommendations, Cricket SA did not explain.

As part of processes to resolve the administrative problems which had forced the postponement of the AGM on September 5, Cricket SA committed to implementing the Nicholson recommendations, which stated that the majority of the board of directors needed to be made up of independent directors, which is currently not the case.

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