Cricket SA dismisses company secretary Welsh Gwaza 'with immediate effect'

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Cricket South Africa (CSA) has dismissed company secretary Welsh Gwaza "with immediate effect" after finding him guilty on various charges, including gross insubordination and breaches of the Companies Act.

CSA first suspended Gwaza on 30 November, but six months after his disciplinary proceedings began on 14 December, Advocate Terry Motau, who presided over the proceedings, deemed it appropriate to dismiss him with immediate effect.

"Following the chairperson's findings, the parties filed their submissions in mitigation and aggravation of sentence on 2 June," said CSA's Thursday night statement.

"On 10 June, Advocate Motau notified the parties that, given the severity and seriousness of the charges on which Mr Gwaza was found guilty, and further as there was little doubt that the employment relationship between CSA and Mr Gwaza had irretrievably broken down, the most appropriate sanction in the circumstances would be for Mr Gwaza to be dismissed with immediate effect."

CSA also published the complete dossier of charges and findings against Gwaza, which varied from the insubordination and breaches of the Companies Act to Gwaza's failure or refusal to disclose relevant information.

Gwaza was also found guilty on certain sub-charges for his "misconduct" in representations made to world cricket governing body, the International Cricket Council (ICC), the appointment of human resource consultants People Link and Chantel Moon, the framework agreement between CSA and Global Sports Commerce, and CSA's exercise of its step-in rights into the Western Province Cricket Association.

CSA accused Gwaza and his legal representatives of deliberately trying to delay the disciplinary process.

"Regrettably, the expeditious finalisation of proceedings sought by CSA was regularly compromised by Mr Gwaza and his legal team, who took various opportunities to raise speculative technical points and launch numerous and ill-advised interlocutory applications which often required several unnecessary postponements of the matter," CSA wrote.

"Mr Gwaza's intermittent unavailability to attend proceedings, as well as that of his witnesses, also contributed to the overall delays in these proceedings."

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