Cricket SA's members' council set for sports ministry clash after MoI amendment vote fails

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  • Cricket South Africa's members' council voted against Memorandum of Incorporation amendments that would have allowed the installation of a majority independent board for CSA.
  • A 75 percent vote would have been required from the 14 affiliates for the amendments to take place.
  • Six unions voted for the amendments, five voted against while there were three abstentions.

Cricket South Africa's members' council has resumed its collision course with the Sports ministry after it did not adopt the required Memorandum of Incorporation (MoI) amendments that would allow for the appointment of the independent majority board.

In a Special General Meeting that took place virtually and also included Sports, Arts and Culture minister, Nathi Mthethwa, South Africa Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (Sascoc) president Barry Hendricks, the 14 provincial presidents and the interim board, the members' council could not arrive at the required 75 percent to have the MoI changed.

The 75 percent would have required 11 of the 14 affiliates to vote on the amendment and that did not happen.

Instead, six unions voted for the amendments in the secret ballot, five voted against the amendments while three abstained.

Even if the three abstentions voted for the amendment, two other votes from those that were against the amendments would have been required to change the MoI.

The members' council's inability to find commonality with regards to the MoI amendments means it is going to collide with Mthethwa.

Mthethwa, who mandated the interim board, whose two-month extension has come to end, could be forced into a different course of action.

Under the National Sports and Recreation Act of 1998, Mthethwa can intervene in "any dispute, alleged mismanagement or other related matter that is likely to bring a sport into disrepute".

Saturday's event, which wasn't the first time the members' council had not agreed to the facilitation of the election of the majority independent board will raise questions on how CSA will go forward with regards to the hosting of an annual general meeting.

Sport24 made attempts to get comment from Mthethwa, but his phone rang unanswered.

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