CSA on Ramela: 'He has neglected and been derelict in the performance of his functions'

 Omphile Ramela.
Omphile Ramela.
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Cricket South Africa (CSA) says the action taken to remove Omphile Ramela as director of its interim board is because the former cricketer has "neglected and been derelict in the performance of his functions".

This comes after interim board chair Judge Zak Yacoob confirmed to media during a virtual press conference on Thursday that Ramela was facing possible expulsion from the board that was elected by Sports Minister Nathi Mthethwa.

A statement released by CSA on Friday read:

"Cricket South Africa would like to immediately make public its statement of reasons outlining various key decisions of the board in lieu of Mr Omphile Ramele.

"The statement of reasons also explains the decision of the board to exercise its discretion in terms of section 71(3)(b) of the Companies Act to remove Mr Ramela as a director of the Company, on account of him having neglected and been derelict in the performance of his functions as a director."

CLICK HERE to read the full statement of reasons

CSA added that its interim board's decisions were being made "in the best interest of cricket" and "directed towards bringing stability to the sport".

Yacoob added on Friday: "The interim board of CSA has a responsibility to ensure that all its members act with ethical integrity at all material times. Equally, as the board we must also ensure compliance with both the legal and corporate governance prescripts that allow us to perform our mandate as board members.

"We therefore find it unacceptable that any of us should engage in destructive practices that do not enrich the process of ensuring that we get to the bottom of what has been happening at CSA. The decision of the interim board is therefore taken not withstanding Mr Ramela’s right to seek legal counsel and to make representations."

- Compiled by Sport24 staff

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