Mthethwa threatens to strip CSA of funding and national recognition

Mthethwa threatens to strip CSA of funding and national recognition

Cricket South Africa (CSA) is hanging by the thread after Sports, Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa penned a letter to the interim board.

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It's understood Mthethwa told the board on Thursday that he would exercise his powers in terms of Section 13 of the National Sport and Recreation Act.

The letter comes after the board failed to implement a new memorandum of incorporation, which would have meant having more independent directors, as well as an independent chair.

Once gazetted, CSA stands to lose its government funding and national recognition.

In a statement released on Friday, CSA lamented the latest developments.

"It is indeed a very sad day for our country, for cricket, for the millions of South African fans who love the game and the sponsors who have committed to cricket and its grassroots development. But it is a specifically sad day for the players, staff and others whose livelihoods are at stake.

"The Board commends the majority of the Members' Council who support good governance and voted in favour of a modern governance structure for cricket."

CSA admitted the future looks bleak.

"It is deeply disappointing that a self-interested vocal minority voted against change while three members chose to abstain," the statement added.

"These actions have now brought the game to its knees and will cause the greatest crisis since readmission."


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