Graeme Smith. (Source: Twitter)

David Becker, Graeme Smith‘s lawyer, recently spoke about the Social Justice and Nation Building (SJN) report, which was released on Wednesday.

Becker said that the claims were “without any basis”. “The ombudsman simply ignores the fact that Smith has worked quite happily and successfully under the current CSA Acting CEO Pholetsi Moseki for the last year. He has also worked collaboratively with three black CSA Presidents since being appointed in December 2019.” Becker said.

“As regards his appointment, Smith did not appoint himself,” the statement read. “The evidence clearly shows that his appointment was endorsed by the selection panel and approved by the entire CSA Board, CSA President Chris Nenzani, CFO Pholetsi Moseki, the Acting CEO, HR Head Chantal Moon, and Legal Officer & Company Secretary Welsh Gwaza.” he said. He also enquired about why the report made no definite findings and lists its outcomes as “tentative,”.

“For instance, how do you make far-reaching and public findings of racial prejudice against certain people and in the same breath say that they are ‘tentative’, as the ombudsman has done? How is CSA expected to implement those findings when the ombudsman has said, by his own admission, that he ‘cannot make definitive findings in an instance where the evidence of both the so-called victims and the alleged perpetrators was not tested ?” Becker said.

“Mr Becker is entitled to raise his concerns. As a board, we are still in the process of dealing with the report,” Lawson Naidoo, CSA’s board chairperson, told ESPNcricinfo.