The interim CEO of Cricket South Africa interrupted between disciplinary proceedings

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Kugandrie Govender dismissed, Pholetsi Moseki becomes third interim CEO of 2020

Cricket South Africa’s interim CEO, Kugandrie Govender, has been suspended due to full pay. She will face an audience next month, with Pholetsi Moseki, CSA’s chief financial officer, replacing him as acting CEO in her absence – the third person to fulfill the role in 2020.

Govender is the second senior staff member the interim board of CSA has received to a notice of disciplinary proceedings, appointed last month. The other is corporate secretary Kim Gwaza, whose hearing took place on Monday.

Govender was charged with misconduct in connection with the role she played in revoking the accreditation of journalists in December 2019, for violations of the Company Act, and her part in the dismissal of former head of sales and sponsorships Clive Eksteen, whose dismissal since then it has been unfair.

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Eksteen led CSA to the Council for Consultation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) after he was fired for delaying payments to the South African Cricketers Association (SACA) for image rights in the first Mzansi Super League and selling sponsorship for lower. amount than was approved. Eksteen claimed that the final responsibility does not lie with him and CCMA ruled in his favor. Govender was Eksteen’s direct supervisor when he was at CSA, who later admitted his mistake.

Govender began working at CSA in April 2019 as Chief Commercial Officer, under former CEO Thabang Moroe, who was suspended last December and fired in August this year. Jacques Faul, current CEO of Titans Cricket, was appointed interim CEO when Moroe was suspended and had to remain in the role until September (or when a new CEO was appointed) but retired in August due to differences with the now resigned board. . Govender was then appointed as CSA’s first female CEO, albeit in action.

During her time at the helm, the CSA board was intensely controlled and eventually collapsed. First the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) has called for the executive and board to step aside while it looks at CSA’s affairs. When CSA refused, the country’s sports minister threatened to intervene in the organization and could be stripped of their recognition before it finally agreed to an interim board whose task was to investigate every aspect of the administrative crisis that haunted the organization for more. well part of the last two years.

The main task of the interim board was to study the forensic report, which was used to fire Moroe and take further action based on it, resulting in the subsequent suspensions of Govender and Gwaza.

“What we have been ordered to do is not only try to stabilize the organization but also address the dysfunction and toxicity of culture within the organization,” Judith February, the interim board spokesperson, told ESPNcricinfo. “In addition the interim board has been accused of pursuing allegations within the Fundudzi [forensic] report. The nature of this task is not pleasing, but it is necessary that we perform our trustworthy duties carefully, for the best interest of cricket and the South African public. This unfortunately meant that some individuals had to be revoked pending fair hearings and giving the individuals their constitutional rights to be heard. “

That still leaves CSA in a precarious position, with no permanent CEO or board. The interim board has arranged for an external auditor to join the executive to assist in the functioning of CSA while Govender is suspended. The board is not expected to make further appointments, but remains forced to lay the groundwork for a more successful CSA.

“We have been here for three months and what we want to do is deliver the organization in a healthier position than in what we found it to be and also set the building blocks for future transparency and accountability within CSA,” she said.

“There is a lot to do and in a short period of time, we can do so much. What we have done so far is hopefully to create a culture of accountability for behavior within CSA. We seriously consider the task of cleaning cricket. Management. It is a difficult task and certainly for the “It’s very difficult to turn organizations around in three months. What you can do is set the building blocks for the future.”

The interim board will wait to provide a framework for a permanent board to be appointed and it will be up to that board to recruit the new CEO.

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo’s South African correspondent

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