The past always shadows the future

2012-10-19 00:00

WHETHER Cricket South Africa (CSA) builds a new future, the spectre of suspended, and now guilty, chief executive Gerald Majola has now finally been put to bed.

Or so we hope.

Watching Majola’s camp approach the Labour Court, as they found a different third umpire to review their decision, was like those old school bullies dictating to kids as to when they are going to bat and as to which terms.

Unfortunately for them, though, the CSA were not as lily-livered as a primary school kid who does not want to part with their lunch.

Having grown up in the world of insecure bullies, it was refreshing to watch the once beleaguered cricket organisation rebuild the tattered remains left by Majola’s so-called destruction. I had written in one of my earlier columns that it is very weird for a board to remain intact while the head they second to pass their decisions has his head above the parapet to take all the bullets and the shells. Being a leader comes with Teflon skin and a bullet proof chest.

It has to be said, without defending my fellow Eastern Caper, that he dug his own grave. Any leader of a corporate institution, which has millions flowing through its coffers, has to have some knowledge of the Companies Act and the Corruption Act. A little knowledge is often very dangerous. However, that little knowledge and the absence of arrogance is something he could have disposed of.

Besides that though, the dragging process did not do the country and its image of cricket any good. It’s much easier to make a mess than clean it up, and that process is often the hardest.

Legal processes, just like the one witnessed in Molemo “Jub Jub” Maarohanye’s drag racing trial, where he was deservedly found guilty for smudging out four young lives who, God knows whether they would have had a massive contribution to South African life, are often tedious and drift into the annals of forgotten history, with the massive albatross hanging with those who have to preside over the ruins.

With CSA appointing a set of independent directors that will be ratified along with the board next week. It is a new dawn and hopefully they will be a broom and vacuum cleaner combined.

Knowing what the likes of Advocate Vusi Pikoli have contributed to South African society, the worn-out kookaburra that is South African cricket will be caught in good and soft hands.

We have seen South African sports administration decay into a morass of ill-direction and yellow decision making. The less I talk about the South African Football Association and its inability to give the public any direction as to what is happening with regards to its African Cup of Nation preparations, the better.

As I might spend the better part of my summer months following the makeweight, but dangerous, Black Caps and the mercurial Pakistanis, I hope for a well organised tournament. The South African Rugby Union is not exempt. They have made horrible mess of the Eastern Province Kings stew and their diffidence towards change will in due course.

What also needs to be avoided, especially with five presidents having to be sorted out from the 11 union presidents, is that they do not have daggers sharpened for each other. With cloak and dagger politics all too prevalent in our society, it’s easy to see it seep into sport. Some of the presidents who could find themselves elected onto the new board willingly participated in Majola’s decision making and seeing them in the new dispensation could be counterproductive, for both new board and brand respectively.

Lest we forget, as the revolutionary Thomas Sankara would say: “people die, but ideas don’t”. This should be a new chapter that should be opened. Whether it will be opened will be another issue.

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