Minister of Sport Nathi Mthethwa has officially informed Cricket South Africa’s interim board and members’ council that he will invoke section 13(5) of the National Sports Act.
After threatening the organisation with his interference since last weekend’s Special General Meeting, Mthethwa indicated to CSA on Thursday evening that he will do so by removing its recognition as the ruling authority of cricket in South Africa.
Mthethwa also made it clear that he will write to the ICC to inform them of his plan of action, which could lead to the suspension of the Proteas from international cricket by the governing body.
‘I have decided to invoke my powers under the Act and I hereby notify you that I have done so in accordance with s13 (5)(i)-(iii) by defunding CSA and derecognising CSA and I will cause this to be published in the Government Gazette in due course at the earliest opportunity,’ Mthethwa wrote in the letter.
This could now be gazetted within 48 hours.