CSA company secretary Welsh Gwaza suspended, set to face disciplinary hearing

Former Constitutional Court Judge Zak Yacoob at Wits University on March 6, 2013.
Former Constitutional Court Judge Zak Yacoob at Wits University on March 6, 2013.
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Cricket South Africa's (CSA) company secretary, Welsh Gwaza, has been suspended and will sit before a disciplinary hearing on December 14 on grounds of alleged misconduct. 

That was confirmed by the organisation's interim board, assembled on the instruction of sports minister Nathi Mthethwa and chaired by Judge Zak Yacoob, on Tuesday. 

In a statement, the interim board named three new actions following its studying of the Fundudzi report, which investigated the administrative ongoings of the organisation from 2016-2019. 

Since then, former CEO Thabnag Moroe has been axed while, last month, the entire CSA board and members' council stepped aside to allow the interim board to do its clean-up. 

Now, Gwaza will also have to sit before a disciplinary committee after being mentioned numerous times in the report.

"The Board has delivered a notice of disciplinary hearing to CSA’s company secretary, Mr Welsh Gwaza, regarding various allegations of misconduct against him," the statement read. 

"The hearing is to take place on 14 December 2020, when Mr Gwaza will be allowed to answer the charges which have been laid against him. Mr Gwaza has been suspended with full pay pending the determination of the disciplinary hearing."

In addition to Gwaza'a suspension, the interim board announced that it had "through CSA’s recently appointed attorneys (Dingley Marshall Inc.), terminated the services provided by CSA’s public relations independent contractor, PR Worx CC, with immediate effect.

"The Board has also (through CSA’s attorneys) delivered a notice of breach to CSA’s outsourced Human Resources service provider, People Link (Pty) Ltd. The breach arises out of People Link having appointed Ms Chantel Moon as its representative to fulfil CSA’s HR function. 

"As has been revealed in the Fundudzi Report (released by the Interim Board on 25 November 2020), various material procedural irregularities took place when People Link was appointed by CSA’s erstwhile CEO, Mr Thabang Moroe. The Fundudzi Report has also revealed that Ms Moon lacks CSA’s minimum qualification requirements for the HR position. People Link has therefore been afforded 48 hours to remedy its breach by appointing a properly qualified representative, in accordance with the terms of CSA’s service agreement with People Link."

This is unlikely to be the last action to come out of the report. 

"The Interim Board remains committed to fulfilling its mandate and restoring confidence in CSA and its structures," the statement concluded. 

"The steps set out above have been taken to this end. Due to the sensitive nature of these actions CSA will make no further comment at this stage. Finally, we wish to say that these decisions were taken after serious consideration and debate during which differences of opinion were aired."

- CSA media

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