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Ex-Cricket SA director Kula-Ameyaw questions postponement of transformation hearings

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  • Former CSA independent board member Eugenia Kula-Ameyaw questioned the timing of the postponement of the Social Justice and Nation-building (SJN) project hearings.
  • The transformation hearings were supposed to start Monday, but CSA issued a press release late on Sunday night saying they were postponed.
  • Kula-Ameyaw, who would have testified on Monday, spearheaded the formation of the project while serving on CSA's previous full-time board.

Former Cricket South Africa (CSA) independent board member Eugenia Kula-Ameyaw has questioned the timing of the postponement of the Cricket for Social Justice and Nation-building (SJN) project hearings.

The hearings were supposed to start on Monday, but Netwerk24 reported on Sunday that CSA's director of cricket Graeme Smith's lawyer David Becker wrote to SJN ombudsman Advocate Dumisa Ntsebeza, questioning the legal framework of the hearings.

The hearings would have seen former players, coaches and administrators making submissions with regards to the discrimination they felt they had suffered in the game.

CSA issued a late Sunday night statement postponing the hearings, but Kula-Ameyaw, who spearheaded the birth of the project while serving in CSA's board, said in an interview on eNCA she was told that some of the players who have submitted testimonies have been threatened with legal action.

"Around the same time where I was notified that the hearings were postponed, some of the former players were threatened by other people. Now people are threatened," Kula-Ameyaw told eNCA on Monday morning.

"Why would you wait until the submissions are in and then [postpone] the day before the hearing? In law, we need to hear both sides of the story and the opportunity to call someone to tell their story or dispute what I said.

"I don't understand why this transpired and maybe we need higher intervention."

Kula-Ameyaw questioned whether there was the political will to see through the SJN project. Kula-Ameyaw was also going to testify on Monday.

"I wonder if there's the political will to transform after the solid foundation that we laid because we're still where we are," Kula-Ameyaw said.

"People need to be heard and I don't understand the fear of those who could say their views won't be heard because the media is not there. Everything has to be recorded."

Kula-Ameyaw, though, said she still had faith in the project and in the interim board but wondered whether it was going to be completed within its stipulated six-month window.

"I still have faith in the interim board and the advocate (Dumisa Ntsebeza) in that whatever that needs to be cleared will be cleared and the hearings will resume," Kula-Ameyaw said.

"It's all about the timing now and if it was six months, is it going to be extended? Also, how will the threats be dealt with to those who made submissions? Does it not compromise the process?"

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