CSA sponsor backs Mbalula’s decision to probe bonus scandal

2011-10-18 11:13

One of Cricket South Africa’s (CSA) few remaining sponsors has supported Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula’s decision to appoint a retired judge to investigate a bonus scandal in the federation.

In a statement today, SA Breweries (SAB), sponsor of the national Test team, expressed concern over the impact the controversy could have on the national squad.

“We firmly believe that it is in the best interests of both the players and the fans that the current controversy surrounding CSA is brought to a close as speedily as possible,” said Vincent Maphai, SAB’s corporate affairs and transformation director.

“There have been accusations and counteraccusations which need to be cleared up.”

Maphai said he hoped Mbalula’s involvement would put to bed a two-year saga that had raged in the CSA boardroom. “Mbalula’s decision to name a committee, headed by a retired judge, to look into these matters, and to make legally binding recommendations, should assist in finalising this matter, which we welcome,” Maphai said.

The company said it remained committed to sponsoring the national Test squad.

With the domestic and international cricket seasons having started this month, CSA has yet to secure sponsors for the local one-day and T20 competitions, as well as home tours against Australia and Sri Lanka.

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