ANC Caucus Study Group rejects a motion of no confidence in Cricket SA President

28 March 2008

The ANC Study Group on Sports & Recreation notes sustained efforts behind the scenes by cricket administrators in certain provinces to move a motion of no confidence in the President of Cricket South Africa, Norman Arendse. These attempts are in direct violation of a collective undertaking made by Provincial Presidents of cricket to the parliamentary portfolio committee earlier this month to be afforded the opportunity to get their house in order.

Suggestions made by certain faceless individuals that the Portfolio Committee and the Ministry of Sport support an alleged motion of no confidence in Norman Arendse is untrue and without substance. This is a desperate cry by those who have abandoned the principle of non-racial sport to justify the inequalities of cricket and sport in general. Anonymous individuals and shady characters that propagated these lies and purport to be speaking on behalf of the ANC on this matter will be exposed for what they are. They, together with their co-conspirators, do not have the interest of the transformation in sport at heart. Instead they have opted to abandon the principles of a non racial sport on the alter of narrow personal gain.

The Portfolio Committee fully supports the leadership provided by the President of Cricket SA in implementing the transformation policy of CSA and his efforts to de-racialise the sport. In view of the alleged motion, the following questions need to be asked:

  • What has Arendse done, which is in violation of the CSA Constitution and Policies?
  • Is he being targeted because of his efforts to implement collective agreement on transformation?
  • Or, is the comfort zone of certain administrators and officials under-threat?

The ANC Study Group therefore call on all stakeholders in cricket not to abandoned their principles and allow themselves to be used as “Their Masters’ Voice”

Issued by:
BM Komphela: Chairperson: ANC Study Group on Sport & Recreation
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