Cricket South Africa’s interim board chairperson Stavros Nicolaou was not surprised by minister Nathi Mthethwa’s indication that he is planning to act against the organisation.
Mthethwa announced on Sunday morning that he will use his power as minister to take the ‘necessary steps’ against CSA, following the Members’ Council’s vote not to amend the Memorandum of Incorporation (MOI) over the weekend.
Nicolaou already released a statement on Saturday evening after the Special General Meeting where he expressed his disappointment at the outcome of the council’s vote.
On Sunday afternoon, however, he reiterated that stance and said the minister is left with no real other choice but to interfere with CSA.
‘The [Interim] Board believes that the Minister was left with no option but to invoke his powers in terms of the Act. The Board remains concerned that the impact of the Members’ Council actions will have serious consequences for cricket’s stakeholders, specifically grassroots cricket and sponsorship contracts. The Minister’s action must, however, now take its course,’ Nicolaou said in a statement.
The interim board, whose extended stay, to implement the minister’s mandate, came to an end on Saturday, will finalise a report, which will detail the dysfunctional governance within CSA.