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Cricket South Africa’s (CSA) Members Council has decided to defy Sports and Arts & Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa’s request after it announced on Thursday that it will not be appointing the Interim Board.
The Members Council said they met with the proposed Interim Board of CSA, Minister Nathi Mthethwa, and members of the Department of Sport, Arts and Culture on Sunday where the Members Council wrote to the Minister to raise material concerns about the proposed Interim Board.
Rihan Richards, Acting President of CSA on behalf of the Members Council, said, “The Members Council embarked on a process last month to facilitate the resignation of the then-incumbent board members of CSA, with the intention of appointing an Interim Board that would work collaboratively with all stakeholders. The main objective of the new Interim Board was to work closely with the Members Council and CSA executives, to achieve necessary change within the organisation and to take cricket forward until a new board is elected at the annual general meeting.”
In accordance with the rights afforded to the Members Council by CSA’s Memorandum of Incorporation (MOI), certain individuals remained on the board of CSA until the formal appointment of a Board of Directors.
“During the initial consultative meetings, the Members Council did propose a recommended structure of the board, with certain preconditions attached to the appointment of members of the Interim Board, including having the prerequisite collective skills, professionalism and capability to comply with the legal and operational duties, at all times.
“In a ministerial update published on 28 October 2020, the Minister confirmed the Members Council’s views that our engagement was constructive, and he expressed an appreciation for our leadership,” continued Richards.
In a subsequent media announcement and in his Interim Board announcement address, Minister Mthethwa confirmed that the Interim Board would report to the Members Council. He described it as a necessary transitional step to nurse cricket back to its place of pride both locally and internationally.
“Importantly, the Minister also made specific reference to certain matters that the Interim Board would deal with, and the Members Council aligned with all of these. The Interim Board was given clearly specified roles and responsibilities, with accountability to the Members Council.
“While the logical next step would have been for the Members Council to appoint the Interim Board, if they were nominated to the board of directors of CSA, and as outlined in the MOI of the organisation. The MOI governs the relationship between the board and its members, as well as the roles of the Members Council and that of the Board,” said Richards.