Mbalula gives Cricket SA an ultimatum

2012-03-16 11:27

Sports and Recreation Minister Fikile Mbalula said he expected the Cricket South Africa (CSA) board to “do the right thing” at their board meeting which is due to take place on Saturday morning or government would show them how it’s done.

“The board must take immediate steps to translate the recommendations into action and their meeting tomorrow will be a litmus test of the extent to which the board puts the interests of cricket above their own,” he said.

Mbalula was responding to the recommendations set out by Judge Chris Nicholson, who chaired the committee of inquiry into CSA’s affairs.

Mbalula said the ministry accepted and endorsed the findings of the committee and said if the board does not implement the findings of the committee, then the government will show them how it will be done.

“There is no more time for cover-ups and to prove this is not a threat, if the board fails to implement the recommendations of the committee, the government and the people of South Africa will show them how it’s done,” Mbalula added.

However, Mbalula was at pains to explain how the ministry would take punitive action against CSA if they were to reject the committee’s recommendations, saying that there was nothing that suggested that CSA would not comply with or reject Nicholson’s recommendations.

“It would be premature for me to respond to insurrectionary phrase mongering by certain individuals in the press about how they feel about the outcome. If the board comes to a conclusion that they either accept or reject the recommendations, they will write to the minister, then I will respond to them, not to people who express their feelings, whether or not they love or hate the judge,” he said.

In responding to media reports that embattled CSA chief executive Gerald Majola will be taking leave of absence, he said he would not respond to “snippets”, but welcomed the resignations of acting president AK Khan and audit committee chairperson John Blair.

“I can’t respond to snippets that say I intend to do this. I will respond to what the board tells me. The board will tell me its attitude towards that. Once the board has given me its full response on the findings and the recommendations, including if his leave of absence is part of its recommendations, I can only pronounce on that.”

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