‘Majola engineered my ouster’

2008-09-17 00:00

Johannesburg — Gerald Majola, chief exeutive officer of Cricket South Africa, exploited the division in South African cricket when six of the provincial unions were against their president and the other five provincial unions supported him.

This was said by Norman Arendse when he resigned with immediate effect as president of CSA as well as from all the positions he held on the International Cricket Council.

South African cricket was rocked by the news yesterday.

The shock resignation of Arendse, who was never more than an arm’s length away from controversy, clears the way for Gauteng eye, nose and throat specialist Dr Mtutuzeli Nyoka to become the new president of Cricket South Africa.

Arendse made it clear in a prepared statement that the relationship of trust between him and CSA CEO Gerald Majola has been irreparably damaged.

“Should we continue in this way, there is a real danger that cricket may be plunged into a crisis, and the game be brought into disrepute,” said Arendse.

“If I was that bad, then why didn’t he (Arendse) get rid of me? Didn’t he fail in his duty then?” was Majola’s response.

He said the way forward will be discussed at next Friday’s CSA meeting.

Nyoka said yesterday afternoon that the unity in South African cricket has recently been severely damaged. “I believe the most important thing now is to ensure unity once again.

“The 11 unions that are now divided must be reunited. That is the priority now,” Nyoka said.

Arendse said in his statement that he clearly has not had the respect of the CEO and all the affiliates.

There is, he said, a 6:5 split between the 11 provinces, which is a very unhealthy situaton.

Arendse pulled no punches about the fact that he felt that the five unions whose support he has enjoyed — Western Province, Eastern Province, KwaZulu-Natal, Border and Boland — have traditionally been those that have supported transformation.

He said some of the other unions are battling to accept transformation and in some cases it doesn’t feature at all.

He said Majola succeeded well in exploiting these differences.

“It is important that the person who presides over cricket in our country enjoys the full trust and confidence of his chief executive officer, and all 11 affiliates.

Currently, I enjoy neither — and it does not assist me that I may enjoy constitutional protection against my removal at this stage until my three-year-term ends in August 2010.

“The charges against me appear to be my transformation agenda, and my demand of the CEO that he be accountable to me.

“I plead guilty to both charges.

“I proudly associate myself with a transformation agenda which strives for a non-racial society and fair and equal opportunities and access to the game for all members of our diverse communities.

Arendse said he rejects the charges that he wanted to “take over the CEO’s job”.

“I have a full-time legal practice, and have no wish or desire, let alone the time, to run cricket,” he continued.

“It would not make sense for me to continue to want to put the administration of the game under pressure due to my fundamental and unresolvable differences with the CEO.

“In these circumstances, it has become untenable for me to continue presiding over CSA as its president.”

Arendse said it is his “sincere wish and desire” that his successor will pursue “with passion, commitment, honesty and integrity” the future vision he () has had for the game.

He said there are too many administrators who “are elected or appointed on the basis of the particular agenda that they serve, and not on the basis of their ability or capacity to make a meaningful contribution to the game”.

Nyoka said it was a privilege to serve with Arendse in the management of South African cricket.

“I hope we will be able to talk like civilised people when we bump into each other,” he said.

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