Cricket South Africa (CSA) could soon be banned from being the authority that runs the sport in the country. This follows Sports, Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa’s threat to exercise his rights in terms of section 13(5) of the Sports Act.
This section of the Act allows the Minister to remove recognition of the federation as the authority of the sport and that the department will no longer provide funding for the organisation. It is alleged the organisation’s provincial presidents failed to vote for the necessary amendments to allow a restructuring of the CSA’s administration. As reported by IOL, the minister attended a special general meeting, where the Members Council couldn’t reach the 75% majority needed to implement the changes.
Media Statement: Minister @NathiMthethwaSA expresses his disappointment at the failure of the Cricket South Africa (CSA) Delegates to adopt the Revised Memorandum Of Incorporation (MOI). pic.twitter.com/vehydH2umF
— Department of Sport, Arts and Culture (@SportArtsCultur) April 18, 2021
75% of the Members Council needed to vote in favour of amending the Memorandum of Incorporation(MOI) but only 43%, six members did and five members voted against it. Members also allegedly informed Mthethwa last week that it had agreed to the changes, which were necessary to allow a new board of directors to confirmed, Chronicle reports.
The majority of the new board of directors are yet to confirm, the majority of whom would be independent directors, with the chairman also being independent. However, Mthethwa’s office has kept the International Cricket Council (CSA) informed about the affairs around CSA, and the international body has the only right to ban South Africa.
Meanwhile, the South African men’s team’s tour to the West Indies in June and the national women’s team’s trip to England later this year could be in jeopardy if Nathi Mthethwa follows through with his threat to ban Cricket SA as the sport’s governing body in the country.