The much-anticipated Social Justice and Nation-building (SJN) hearings will officially begin in July after it was initially postponed last week.
The public hearings, which will provide current and former black cricketers the opportunity to give testimonies on racial discrimination, were due to begin this week but Cricket South Africa and ombud advocate Dumisa Ntsebeza SC sited legal issues as reason for postponement.
The decision did not go down well with many arguing the interim board is trying to delay the project due to some members being implicated.
‘The process is on track, however it has become clear that there needs to be clarity regarding the process of any public hearings,’ the ombud said in a statement last Sunday.
CSA, though, reiterated its stance and full support for the project.
‘Transformation is a national, not only a sporting, imperative and CSA remains firmly committed to the deep work of transforming sport and society. We are grateful to the Ombud for his commitment to the process and to those who have sought to participate in it.
‘We have agreed with the Ombud that further legal clarity regarding the proposed hearings is imperative. Once we have such clarity, the process will continue,’ said the board’s chairperson Stravos Nicolaou said.