Staff members at Cricket South Africa have written to sport minister Nathi Mthethwa – pleading him to rethink his decision to invoke section 13 of the National Sports Act.
Mthethwa announced that he would official use his powers to intervene with the organisation by removing CSA’s recognition as the authority power of cricket in the country. His interference could be gazetted as early as this coming week, which will most likely lead to an international ban for the Proteas teams.
Some operational staff, though, are hoping they can convince Mthethwa to make a last minute u-turn on his decision, saying the intervention will cause severe threats to the jobs of those people.
‘This intervention not only has the potential to put our jobs at risk but also the jobs of people at our Member Boards,’ read the letter, which included director of cricket Graeme Smith, to Mthethwa.
‘It also has the potential to set us back in terms of any sponsorship that CSA has acquired and any future sponsors who wish to be aligned to this great game. Thereby affecting the day-to-day operations. Undoubtedly, we are aggrieved by the situation currently and are concerned about our jobs and therefore, livelihoods. We are sure that you would understand the ripple effect that your office’s decision would have on us as ordinary workers, whose respective families rely on for financial and other well-being of various kinds.
‘We therefore implore the minster of Sports, Arts and Culture, Hon. Nathi Mthethwa, to please reconsider the current position.’