- Sports minister Nathi Mthethwa said he won't be deterred by the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee attempts to stymie Cricket South Africa's new Memorandum of Incorporation.
- Sascoc rejected CSA's new MoI that will facilitate the appointment of a majority independent board.
- The Democratic Alliance came to Sascoc's rescue, saying the minister wants to deploy cadres to CSA
Sports Minister Nathi Mthethwa launched a broadside at the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (Sascoc), saying that his ministry will not be obstructed in its work.
Mthethwa was briefing Parliament at his department's budget speech vote that was held virtually on Thursday.
Mthethwa's visceral statement was ostensibly in response to Sascoc president Barry Hendricks, who on Wednesday requested the Sports Portfolio Committee and Parliament to investigate Mthethwa for overreaching with regards to his powers.
This past Saturday, Sascoc rejected Cricket South Africa's amended Memorandum of Incorporation that will facilitate the election of a majority independent board.
"We note dissenting voices, especially the voice from Sascoc, but we are not deterred nor shaken by their misgivings," Mthethwa said.
"What we have experienced and what we've dealt with in the past six months is, on the one hand, conservative thinking that seeks to keep the status quo.
"On the other hand, you have progressives who are forging ahead with transformation. Our choice is clear: Transformation is sacrosanct, and transformation is our agenda."
Democratic Alliance MP Tsepo Mhlongo came to Sascoc's defence, saying that Mthethwa was using CSA's independent board as a tool to deploy his cadres.
"We don't support political interference. Sascoc is questioning whether the minister flouted the National Sport and Recreation Act in adopting of the new board at CSA," Mhlongo said.
"The reason CSA is in crisis is because of political interference. We don't need political interference in our sport."
Mhlongo said the DA supported the notion of democratically elected leadership and not parachuted members.
"We believe in elected leadership, not dictated or deployed leadership. We believe in a democratic process of electing leaders."
"We are told that you forced CSA to go your way, according to Hendricks. Sascoc is ready to defend its affiliation. Sascoc and its affiliates have voted against your proposed independent board.
"Yours is a strategy to ensure your cadres are deployed, and this is not going to happen as your deployment strategy is going to fail."