CSA has removed HD Ackerman as host of its annual awards evening later this month.
The news follows Ackerman’s decision to relocate to Australia to take up a coaching role at Guildford Grammar in Perth in September.
Ackerman announced on his Facebook page that he was shocked by CSA’s decision to no longer host the evening, which takes place at the Sandton Convention Centre on Tuesday, July 26.
‘Wow, just been pulled off hosting the cricket South Africa Awards on the 26th because a few people on social media feel my move to Australia is because im racist. Forget the fact my wife’s sister had just moved to Brisbane, and that my wife’s parents have just moved to Perth, or that I got a job offer in Perth that included a school bursary for my son. Those reasons are not good enough.wow wow wow.’
CSA spokesperson Altaaf Kazi confirmed to Sport24.com that the decision was taken by CSA and not broadcaster SuperSport.
‘In view of certain negative comments on social media following HD’s Facebook post that he was leaving SA for Australia, we have decided to avoid any further potential negative comments around HD hosting the live CSA Awards. We decided to replace him and have no further comments to make in this regard,’ said Kazi.
Earlier in the week, Ackerman revealed his decision to move on Facebook, with his family taking priority.
‘SA has so much potential,’ Ackerman said. ‘However in my entire life, I don’t think I have ever seen anything more common than something or someone fail to reach their potential. I fear this may be the case with my beautiful country.
‘I truly hope that SA does go on to reach its true potential and that crime decreases, corruption slows … and an equal opportunity is there for all.’
No longer hosting the CSA Awards dinner.ive been pulled off for interesting reasons. Mmmm I wonder why?
— Hylton Deon Ackerman (@ackershd) July 14, 2016
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