Cricket South Africa acting CEO Kugandrie Govender has been suspended on various counts of misconduct.
Govender succeeded Jacques Faul as acting CEO following his resignation in August. Prior to that, she served as the chief commercial officer.
The CSA interim board confirmed the suspension in a statement on Monday afternoon, citing three counts of misconduct while Govender was chief commercial officer of CSA and while acting CEO, namely:
– The role she played in the revocation of media accreditation of certain journalists in December 2019
– Various breaches of the provisions of the Companies Act as a prescribed officer of CSA
– The role which she played in the dismissal of Clive Eksteen, which CSA has now acknowledged (in terms of a settlement agreement with Eksteen) was an unfair dismissal.
She will be suspended with full pay. Her hearing is scheduled for 28 January 2021.
The CSA media statement added: ‘In ensuring that CSA remains fully functional during this time, the interim board has arranged for the appointment of a capable person from an auditing firm to stand in the breach until early January 2021. The executive management team is being led by CSA chief financial officer, Mr Pholetsi Moseki, with immediate effect. He has agreed to take on this short-term role and we look forward to working with him. The chair of the IB also addressed CSA staff this afternoon to allay any concerns they may have and to ensure them all of the IB’s support.’
It is yet another chapter in the turmoil that has gripped CSA for a year, one marked by multiple firings and resignations, as well as efforts by various parties to keep the details of the Fundudzi report, which examined myriad allegations of corporate governance failures and maladministration at CSA, under wraps.