The South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) have demanded free access to the full report of a forensic investigation. The reports can give important figures of the wrongdoings in the game.
“There can be no doubt that the public, current and ex-players, sponsors and stakeholders have lost all trust and confidence in the CSA board,” Aleck Skhosana, SASCOC’s acting president, told an online press conference on Thursday. “This is evidenced on a daily basis when calls are made for the CSA board to step down or step aside. SASCOC has a duty to listen to these calls, and to investigate the alleged issues and problems for themselves,” as per the reports in Cricbuzz.
That followed two meetings between SASCOC and CSA. “The second one was cut short when CSA refused to make available to SASCOC the much talked about forensic report,” Skhosana said. “It was impossible for us to continue in a meeting when we don’t have the report so that we may be able to read from the same slate and sing from the same hymn book.”
Skhosana explained: “No reasonable person can effectively enquire into the affairs of CSA without having full access to the report, and without the assistance of legal and or forensic experts. None of us have investigative and forensic expertise and legal expertise. These things must be done by outside people.”
“We are not interested in running the administration of cricket. We don’t know anything about cricket. It must be run by the people who understand cricket, who have got passion and bona fides in terms of cricket administration.”
“We have given the CSA members council an undertaking that the report, once received, will only be discussed between the board and its advisory team and will not be published as SASCOC respects the rights of everyone implicated in the report. Should the report still not be forthcoming, then, unfortunately, SASCOC will have no alternative but to resort to other measures that I’m not going to deal with here.”
Acting president Beresford Williams said: “We are in engagement with SASCOC, we’ve been engaged with SASCOC and we continue to engage with SASCOC. CSA had responded in detail to SASCOC around our position. I also want to state clearly that we have a fiduciary duty to cricket as board members.
“What has been resolved unanimously by the members council … is that the forensic report they received will also be made available to SASCOC under the same conditions. Having said that, at this point we continue to stay committed to the dialogue and engagement. We even offered and committed to make the summary report available. We would provide the necessary breakdown by our legal representatives. That opportunity would be presented to SASCOC’s board. That opportunity has been presented and we await their formal feedback.”
“On the advice of our legal representatives, we have been cautioned against releasing the report now,” Williams said. “The board and the members council unanimously agreed that there is a huge risk of comprising future litigation. We are in legal process at the moment, and if there’s any liability we as a board and as an organisation cannot shift the blame. We need look at what that liability is, and what are the consequences for the organisation and cricket in general.”
Anne Vilas, the president of the Central Gauteng Lions said: “I think we all have a better understanding of CSA’s position that it’s not in our interest to disclose the full gamut of the report. There are further investigations that need to be taken. We’re mindful of the rights of all the people mentioned in the report. We need to be cognisant that we can’t step on their rights. But further action will be taken if warranted.”
khosana had understanding for CSA’s stance on the issue: “We know that there are quite a number of legal issues that are contained in that report. There are contestations that will drag for a number of years, and it needs to be handled in the manner that you are suggesting. I’m sure we would also handle this in the manner that you are doing if it was a SASCOC report. Legal issues can cost a lot of money; they can collapse that organisation.”