Retired judge to head cricket enquiry

2011-11-04 16:14

Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula has lived up to his promise by appointing a ministerial committee of enquiry to investigate Cricket South Africa.

The committee will be chaired by retired KwaZulu-Natal High Court judge Chris Nicholson.

The other two members of the committee are accountant-general Freeman Nomvalo and chief director Zolisa Zwakala who are both from the National Treasury.

Answering questions from the media at a press conference held in Johannesburg, Mbalula said he hoped that people would volunteer information as the committee did not have powers to subpoena.

“I appeal to all parties concerned, to cooperate with the committee of enquiry and give the process a chance,” said Mbalula.

“I assure the public that we will go to the bottom of the problems within cricket, and will take the recommendations seriously.”
Mbalula said he expected to have the committee’s recommendations within a month.

“I hope to have the report with recommendations before Christmas.”

SA cricket has been bedevilled by allegations of corruption and has had a forensic audit conducted by auditing firm KPMG and a legal opinion from a senior council.

The minister, however, feels that the recommendations have not been adopted and acted on, hence this committee.

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