Former CSA head of sales and sponsor relations Clive Eksteen is reverting to the CCMA, following his dismissal this past Sunday.
Eksteen was suspended along with then acting director of cricket Corrie van Zyl and chief operating officer Naasei Appiah in October 2019 and found guilty by Cricket South Africa of ‘transgressions of a serious matter.’
On Tuesday, however, he took to Twitter stating his dismissal was ‘unfair’ and that his attorney will be taking the matter to the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA), confident that he will be acquitted.
Eksteen, Van Zyl and Appiah were originally suspended for having been the instigators of a payment dispute between CSA and the South African Cricketers’ Association (Saca).
On 14 November 2019 Eksteen was informed that he was being charged with five counts of misconduct, three of which related to the Saca dispute, while the fourth charge had to do with a deal concluded between a sponsor and a broadcaster, something CSA wasn’t part of, according to Eksteen.
The final charge was also with regard to a deal between the governing body and a multinational company.
On 17 April this year, however, Eksteen was acquitted of the first four charges, while being found guilty on the fifth after which he lodged a formal appeal.
But, that appeal was found unsuccessful and led to his dismissal by CSA over the past weekend.
Eksteen has denied claims of suspicious behaviour for his suspension and ultimate dismissal, saying: ‘Nothing can be further from the truth.’
He also states the CSA media release from Sunday, published by SACricketmag.com, was misleading by not providing any facts after he was found guilty of those transgressions.
About the fifth charge, of which Eksteen was found guilty, the former Proteas spinner says the sponsorship deal wasn’t signed off by him but by someone higher up on the board.
Eksteen also takes aim at the chair of the investigation, saying she (he mentions no name) blatantly chose to ignore the evidence presented to her by employers of CSA, which was in contradiction of her own findings.
According to Eksteen, the chair also refused to allow or accept pertinent testimonials as evidence in the case.
The 53-year-old concluded his statement mentioning the disappointment he suffered through CSA’s handling of the situation over the last eight months, saying he always served with the best intentions in mind.
My statement regarding my dismissal from CSA pic.twitter.com/JIj0M907MH
— Ekkers (@ekkers_sa) June 16, 2020