Dirty fight starts over CSA presidency

2012-10-20 20:41

Saturday’s Cricket SA (CSA) annual general meeting (AGM) could be thrown into disarray as its former president Advocate Norman Arendse is challenging his exclusion from the organisation’s independent board.

This adds another twist to the intriguing CSA tale as former CEO Gerald Majola, who was fired on Friday after being found guilty by an independent disciplinary committee, is appealing the decision at the labour court.

CSA was expected to elect a new president at the AGM and insiders informed City Press that affiliates had agreed on Border Cricket Board president Chris Nenzani to take over the presidency from acting head Dr Willie Basson.

Arendse – a Western Province Cricket Association Union honorary life member – was ruled out on Wednesday by the board on the grounds that he had served in cricket’s administration in the past three years, going against the principle of bringing in fresh blood to lead CSA.

A highly placed source within CSA said the challenge could have serious implications for the AGM.

“The AGM could be halted if Arendse takes out an interdict,” the source said.

Arendse’s exclusion led to the resignation of steering committee members Shawn Christiansen and Rushdie Magiet.

“The nominations committee had a mandate to pick five independents. They picked the best candidate that was suited to become chairman and took his name to the board.

“Arensde ticked all the boxes but he was not accepted by the board and they recommended Louis von Zeuner as a replacement,” the source said.

“The big worry is the timing of the filing of the challenge because if it is deemed urgent, then the court might fast track the process, thereby threatening the AGM.”

Arendse said the matter has been referred to the SA Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (Sascoc).

Christansen said he felt “used and abused” by CSA and that three of the other independent board members – Geoff Whyte, Mohammed Iqbal Khan and Von Zeuner – also had associations with cricket in the last three years, a directive used to keep Arendse out.

He said CSA are determined to keep Arendse – who was nominated for the chairmanship by Western Province, Gauteng, Griquas and KwaZulu-Natal – out.

“There are five cricket ovals around the country that are sponsored by Absa. Isn’t that an association with cricket?

Whyte is part of ABI and they also have an involvement with cricket.

Khan was the COO of Old Mutual, who were the Western Province club champions two years ago and represented the province at the national club championships, which are run by CSA. Isn’t that an involvement with cricket?” he challenged.

The source also revealed Nenzani was in line to take over as the next president.

Basson acknowledged Nenzani was nominated to be part of the board, but said he was not sure about the presidency.

“It is the 11 union presidents who make the nominations and I can say Chris has been nominated to the board. I am not sure about him being nominated to be president,” Basson told City Press.

The source insisted that Nenzani had been nominated to be president, adding that he had earned his stripes through sterling work with the CSA steering committee.

“He is a very principled person with an excellent background and is a good administrator. He contributed well towards the steering committee,” the source said.

A provincial president independently confirmed Nenzani had been nominated for the CSA presidency.

“I can confirm that he has been put up for the presidency,” he said.

Another provincial president who also declined to be named, said Nenzani was tipped to be the next president, but could not explain further than that.

“We still need to sit down with the rest of the council to caucus and see which mandates will be carried to the AGM.”

North West Cricket Union president Archie Pretorius refused to comment on the presidency, saying it was confidential.

“I don’t want to reveal who the president will be and the process needs to be respected. I really cannot comment on this and I don’t want to be in the paper for this,” he said.

Christiansen, who was the chairperson of the nominations committee, said he was not at liberty to reveal who was nominated in which position
but confirmed the rumour about Nenzani was circling around.

He also said it would not be appropriate for any racial or cultural group to dominate the organisation’s upper structures.

“At the time of the nominations, the demographic make-up of the country was put into consideration so that the chairperson of the new board has to be a person of colour and I would be thrilled if it were him,” Christiansen said.

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