Earlier this week, Cricket South Africa (CSA) suspended acting Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Kugandrie Govender, the second senior member of staff to be served notice of disciplinary proceedings by CSA’s interim board. Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Pholetsi Moseki has taken over as acting CEO. He is the third person to fill that role in 2020.
According to a statement by CSA, the disciplinary action has been taken because of allegations of misconduct by Govender while in the position as Chief Commercial Officer of CSA and while acting CEO. “The hearing is to take place on 28 January 2021, when Govender will be allowed to answer the charges which have been brought against her,” CSA said in an official statement.
Reports claim that Govender has been charged with misconduct following the role she played in wihthrawing the accreditation of journalists in December 2019, for breaches of the Companies’ Act, and her part in the dismissal of former head of sales and sponsorships Clive Eksteen, whose sacking has since been ruled unfair. Company secretary Welsh Gwaza is also facing a hearing.
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Govender was appointed as acting CEO by CSA in August this year. Before her appointment she served as Chief Commercial Officer in April 2019, under former CEO Thabang Moroe, who was suspended last December and fired in August this year. Govender was then appointed as the first female CEO of CSA, despite the doubts regarding her capacity.
Earlier, South Africa was under fire following the threat of its government to intervene in the affairs of the sport’s national body following revelations of serious misconduct by senior officials. The tension between the South African government and Cricket South Africa (CSA) relates to a long-running investigation into the affairs of the cricket body.
CSA has been plagued by controversy and claims of mismanagement since the suspension of former chief executive Thabang Moroe by the the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) last December 2019. Moroe was later sacked in August after an independent investigation found him guilty of committing acts of serious misconduct, without the need for a disciplinary hearing.
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