Cricket South Africa (CSA) will launch an investigation on CSA director of cricket, Graeme Smith, and South Africa head coach, Mark Boucher, following reports from the Social Justice and Nation Building (SJN).
The Ombudsman report shows that he has made “tentative findings” but he isn’t in a position to make “definite findings”. As a result, he requested help to take proceedings forward and the CSA responded in the matter.
“In keeping with this approach, the Board has decided to institute formal inquiries into CSA employees, suppliers, or contractors who are implicated by the SJN report.“
“The Board has done so mindful of its duty to treat allegations of racism or discrimination with the utmost seriousness and in a manner that ensures fairness and due process in terms of South Africa’s labour legislation and the Constitution,” the official release from the board read.
A further process should be instituted to test the evidence – CSA chairperson
Cricket South Africa board chairperson, Lawson Naidoo, also restated that the evidence needs to be looked into before making a decision. There needs to be some sort of closure and if there are any definite findings, appropriate action will be taken.
“CSA respects the SJN process and we are engaging with the report in detail and holistically. We have taken careful cognisance of the recommendation of the Ombudsman, that in appropriate cases, a further process should be instituted to test the evidence and submissions made, and we have decided that this is indeed the appropriate route to follow.
“We hope this will give implicated parties a fair opportunity to be heard so that finality can be achieved, and any final findings can then be acted on,” Naidoo mentioned.
There will be other steps taken by the CSA to improve cricket and act on recommendations in the SJN report. The same will be announced in the next year.