The Willowton Group has publicly insisted Cricket South Africa president Chris Nenzani and chief executive officer Thabang Moroe should resign.
The Willowton Group’s Sunfoil brand is a chief sponsor in South African cricket.
Moroe, in particular, has been the subject of plenty of criticism lately. He recently revoked the media accreditation of five outspoken cricket journalists. The accreditation has since been reinstated and Moroe has apologised.
CSA, meanwhile, remains locked in a legal battle with the South African Cricketers’ Association and hasn’t filled the vacant director of cricket position a mere three weeks prior to the Proteas four-Test series against England.
CSA board chairperson Iqbal Khan and independent director Shirley Zinn resigned earlier this week. Acting director of cricket Corrie van Zyl, commercial manager Clive Eksteen and chief operation officer Naasei Appiah are suspended.
The Willowton group listed, among others, these immediate actions in an open letter to CSA:
- Immediate resignation of the CEO of Cricket South Africa
- Immediate resignation of the president of Cricket South Africa
- Immediate reinstatement of the three suspended Cricket South Africa officials
- Immediate reappointment of the two board members who have resigned
- Immediate appointment of a lead independent director
- Immediate independent audit and review to be conducted on CSA.
The Willowton Group is not the first sponsor to publicly question CSA recently. Standard Bank, too, criticised them this month.
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