Cricket South Africa is hoping to receive the first part of an independent forensic investigation into allegations of misconduct against suspended CEO Thabang Moroe by Friday.
The governing body’s president, Chris Nenzani, spoke to the media on Tuesday evening to shed light on rather turbulent couple of days for CSA.
On Friday, Moroe arrived at the CSA offices in Johannesburg, hoping to return to work despite still being under investigation, while on Sunday the organisation confirmed the dismissal of former head of sales Clive Eksteen after being found guilty on ‘transgressions of a serious matter’.
On Tuesday, though, Eksteen took to Twitter to announce that he was unfairly removed by CSA and that he will be going to the CCMA to be acquitted.
Nenzani, though, intimated that CSA is heading in the right direction, despite some recent issues including the South African Players’ Association (Saca) questioning of its failure to submit the findings of the Moroe investigation by last week’s deadline.
‘There are a few issues that we had hoped that we would have pronounced on by now, such as the outcome of the forensic audit and the conclusion of all disciplinary processes,’ Nenzani explained.
‘Much to our huge disappointment, however, both at the level of the CSA board and the members council [who instituted the independent forensic investigation], this has not happened.
‘Unfortunately, the forensic investigation did not start at the time we hoped. If you follow the sequence of events, we made the announcement on December 7 last year, but actually the forensic audit company was appointed towards the end of February and started work only in March.
‘This was not by design; it was because of the processes we needed to go through needed to be very elaborate and conclusive because the appointment of this investigation did not reside with the board, but with the members council, the 14 provincial presidents.’
The president said should there be compelling evidence from the audit, then CSA will definitely take action against Moroe, who after six months has yet to be charged due to the delay.
‘I am pleased to announce that we have been promised the preliminary report from the forensic investigation by this Friday and I have every confidence that by the end of this month the board will be able to refer the final report to the members council to decide the way forward,’ added Nenzani.