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Full Fundudzi report into CSA’s affairs finally released

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Thabang Moroe and Chris Nenzai presided over a chaotic period for Cricket South Africa as CEO and president respectively
Thabang Moroe and Chris Nenzai presided over a chaotic period for Cricket South Africa as CEO and president respectively
  • Cricket South Africa have released the long-awaited full Fundudzi report, as promised on Wednesday.
  • The new CSA interim board had indicated that they intended releasing the full contents of the report.
  • The full report also delved in the much-publicised banning of five sports journalists, whose accreditation was revoked last year.

As promised, Cricket South Africa (CSA) released the full Fundudzi Forensic Services report into the affairs of cricket dating back from 2016 to last year.

The 457-page report had previously been veiled, with a few administrators, Sports Minister Nathi Mthethwa and members of parliament allowed to view its contents, with the caveat that they needed to sign a non-disclosure agreement.

However, the newly appointed CSA interim board stated soon after their announcement in October that they were considering releasing the full report publicly. A summary report, compiled by Bowmans attorneys, was released in early October.

The scope of Fundudzi’s investigation touched on seven major points of investigation, namely:

  • Determine whether Management and Board of Directors adhered to Governance Framework;
  • Determine whether effective internal controls were in place to prevent or detect material misstatements and other irregularities;
  • Determine whether key sub-committees, reasonably relied on management information and applied reasonable levels of professional skepticism to such information before recommending such proposals for approval by the Board;
  • Determine whether there were completeness and adherence to key Policies (such as the Procurement Policy, Employee Expense Claims, Fraud Prevention Policy, Cell Phone Policy etc.);
  • Determine the Completeness and Correctness of Management reports over the last twelve (12) months;
  • Determine whether CSA’s funds were used for intended purposes;
  • Determine whether decisions were made in the interest of CSA;

Fundudzi were then tasked with sending their factual findings back to CSA in the manner done in the full 457-page report.

Within the investigation, Fundudzi were tasked by CSA to expedite their investigation into the conduct of former CSA CEO Thabang Moroe – who was dismissed in August after nine months on suspension since December last year.

Fundudzi sent a "draft report", the purpose of which was "to provide feedback to CSA specifically on the allegations against Moroe", according to the full report.

The full report also delved in the much-publicised banning of five sports journalists – namely Firdose Moonda, Ken Borland, Neil Manthorp, Stuart Hess and Telford Vice – whose accreditation was revoked on 25 November 2019 during the Mzansi Super League (MSL) tournament they were supposed to cover.

Fundudzi also looked into the domestic cricket restructure programme that was proposed under Moroe, expenditure relating to credit cards, exercising of step-in rights at affiliated unions (Western Province and North West), as well as effective internal controls.

Thabang Moroe

The former CEO is mentioned more than 600 times in the full report, with many findings holding him culpable for governance failures including the improper appointments of HR consultant Chantel Moon as head of CSA's HR department, following the restructuring of former HR manager Musa Gubevu to the transformation department.

Other irregular appointments under Moroe's watch include that of government and stakeholder relations consulting firm Tinanati-Management and Consulting, owned by ANC member Unathi Tshotwana.

The appointment was said to be worth R30 million bi-annually, however, Fundudzi found "no indication of how CSA considered whether Tinanati had delivered on its obligations".

Fundudzi also recommended that disciplinary action be instituted against Moroe for "failing to ensure that procurement processes were followed in the appointment of (security company) NSA Vulindlela".

NSA Vulindlela were allegedly awarded a R6.8 million contract for security services starting 1 September 2019 to 23 August 2023 without the prerequisite tender process for contract of related amounts.

Moroe was not interviewed by Fundudzi's investigators and has since sought legal recourse. 

Download the full report here.

This is a developing story.

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