Arendse: It's a witch hunt!
Norman Arendse (Gallo Images)
Cape Town - Norman Arendse, in line for a new role at Cricket South Africa (CSA), believes there's a conspiracy to get rid of him after old drunk driving charges resurfaced.
Arendse is expected to be named chairperson of CSA's five independent directors on Saturday.
However, the former president of CSA was left upset at what he described as a "witch hunt" against him.
According to Beeld
, Arendse this week admitted to the country's union presidents that he was in the past found guilty of drunk driving. He's admission came after Vincent Sinovich, president of the Northerns Cricket Union, brought the claims under the attention of those present at the CSA board meeting earlier this month.
Arendse admitted to being found guilty of drunk driving on two occasions, the first being on May 16, 1983 during an accident in Muizenberg in Cape Town when his friend Raymond January and an unknown pedestrian were killed. The other incident occurred in November 1985 when he was stopped at a road block in Mitchells Plain.
But Arendse said the incidents should have no bearing on his current eligibility for the role at CSA as it happened years ago.
"It's nothing but a witch hunt by a racist faction within CSA to make sure I'm not elected," he said.
"I informed all my previous employers about my transgressions because I have nothing to hide. I can't see why is suddenly now has any relevance to my appointment.
"I'm not proud of what I've done and it still haunts me, but it was 30 years ago and I have nothing to hide."
"It wasn't necessary for me to inform CSA's naming committee about it because it happened more than 10 years ago."
According to the Companies Act the transgressions should not prevent Arendse from been elected in his new role, CSA's legal head, Pume Canca, said.