Cricket South Africa has handed over the full Fundudzi report to the government.
On Tuesday the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee (PPC) of Sport, Arts & Culture pressured CSA to release the full report into maladministration at the organisation and some of its affiliates.
At this meeting, independent director member Marius Schoeman committed to a 16:30 deadline on Friday, however, there was uncertainty surrounding this after Schoeman noted that he could be overruled by the CSA board.
Ultimately there was no legal challenge to the report’s release, ending months of CSA’s refusal to share the full report with anyone unless stringent criteria were met, including signing non-disclosure agreements.
They’ve not shifted their position on this, noting that the PPC will sign non-disclosure agreements.
‘As such, and in accordance with the recommendation of the relevant Parliamentary Senior Legal Adviser, CSA has requested the Chairperson of the PPC to make a ruling in terms of the relevant provisions of the Rules of the National Assembly, declaring that the Forensic Report is a confidential document,’ CSA said in a media release.
CSA claim the contents of the report are confidential because it is a provisional report, explaining: ‘…because it is a provisional report, because aspects of the report are subject to further investigation, and because public dissemination of the report at this stage may impair the integrity of the investigation process and undermine the implementation of remedial steps by CSA. It is for these reasons that CSA has, at this stage, released to the media a summary of the report, recording the substance of the provisional findings.’
John Mogodi, a non-independent director to the Board of CSA, cautioned the PPC against leaking contents of the report, saying: ‘It is important to reiterate that if the contents of this document become public knowledge at this stage, it may have an adverse effect on the continuing process initiated by CSA to address the problems identified in the report and to implement corrective measures.’
CSA added that they intend to release the full report to the president of South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (Sascoc) provided the organisation agrees to the same terms the PPC has.