CSA issue not insurmountable
Sports minister Fikile Mbalula. (Gallo)
Johannesburg - Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula said on Tuesday that the problems facing Cricket South Africa (CSA) were not insurmountable, and will be tackled head on and with integrity.
"We are going to be meeting with the board of CSA on 12 February, and we will examine the issues and engage fully with all those concerned," Mbalula said.
We are dealing with people of integrity, and integrity is very important in everything we do."
CSA president Mtutuzeli Nyoka, and its CEO Gerald Majola have been at loggerheads since Majola was absolved in November of financial impropriety for failing to clear bonuses received after the successful hosting of the Indian Premier League and the ICC Champions League tournaments.
Nyoka said last month, after receiving notice of a vote of no confidence against him by the CSA board, that Majola had lied to him about the bonus payments.
Majola, in response, said he would seek legal advice before making a statement on the matter, but neither party has commented further.
Mbalula said the ministry would make its position known after he had met with the board.
He said the national team's World Cup campaign on the subcontinent next month would take priority over administrative issues within the sport.
"After our meeting with the board, we will make our position known, but now the Proteas are heading to the cricket World Cup, and we want the players and the nation to focus on the task at hand."
Mbalula was speaking at a joint media briefing with SA Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (Sascoc) president Gideon Sam, at Olympic House in Johannesburg.
He said three cities had expressed an interest in bidding for the 2020 Olympic Games.
Durban, Port Elizabeth and Johannesburg were all vying to host, the event and a decision on which of the three would be chosen internally by South Africa needed to be made fairly soon.
The final bid presentations for the Games would be made to the International Olympic Committee on 1 September.