Naidoo resigns from CSA

2012-03-17 13:26

Johannesburg - Cricket SA's (CSA) brand and corporate relations manager Kass Naidoo tendered her resignation to the board on Saturday.

Naidoo, who was one of the recipients of the undisclosed bonuses, was seen leaving the board meeting, accompanied by her husband.

"This morning, I tendered my resignation to Cricket SA," Naidoo wrote on Twitter.

She also issued a full statement on social networking site Facebook.

"I have stayed until now firstly to allow the processes to fully investigate me, as I have been implicated, and secondly to passionately promote the good work of CSA through a daunting period for it, and not to leave it in the lurch," Naidoo said in her statement.

"Now that the ministerial committee of inquiry has completed its work, I believe that it is the right time to go. Naturally, I remain available to any forum having jurisdiction and requiring input from me," she said.

Naidoo was the third person to quit the embattled organisation this week after acting president AK Khan and chairman of the risk and auditing committee John Blair resigned on Wednesday.

The fallout was a result of a ministerial inquiry, headed by retired judge Chris Nicholson, who released a report to CSA last week.

Nicholson recommended a complete restructuring of the board and Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula told reporters on Friday that it was a watershed moment in cricket.

"If the board of Cricket South Africa has any moral compass, and understands its fiduciary duties, it must, in its meeting tomorrow, do the right thing," Mbalula said.

"Is it not time for the board to make way for a new leadership that will take Cricket South Africa to a new era of hope and clean governance?"


  • mark.cells - 2012-03-17 13:33

    She probably walks off with millions !

      Maaifoedie - 2012-03-17 14:25

      Why not publicly interrogate and humiliate them in a very open television and radio type court? Why was Hansie subjected to that and not them? Oh, yes, Hansie was a white “Afrikaner” man.

      Maaifoedie - 2012-03-17 15:00

      Oh there you go, I am the racist; that is now according to Dawood. Now then, please good sir or madam, prey tell why Hansie was publicly heard and not these crooks? No reasonable answer springs to mind, does it? I am not the racist; if race is a criterion for who are publicly tried and who not, I am afraid they are the racists.

      bluzulu - 2012-03-17 15:10

      Yes Maaifoedie, no need for the "Hansie was a white"Afrikaaner" man" comment. That is a Fascist statement. Hansie was a great Captain and representative of this country till he too was caught lining his pockets.

      Maaifoedie - 2012-03-17 15:23

      That bluzulu is far from a fascist question or comment; unless you do not understand the word fascism. It is a legitimate question and a realistic assessment of the different approaches followed in the two scenarios. Maybe you could offer a logical explanation other than that some people are more equal in the face of the law than others.

      bluzulu - 2012-03-17 15:32

      When you utilize colour as the reason for discrimination then unfortunately in the 21 century it is Fascism. I can't put it any simpler.

      Dawood - 2012-03-17 15:40

      @ Maaifoedie.. time to shoo..your argument and reasoning is going nowhere..

      Maaifoedie - 2012-03-17 15:58

      bluzulu and Dawood: I asked both of you to give me another explanation than cultural background and none did. Maybe there is not a reasonable explanation. Tell you what; disallowing me a view is closer to fascism than my argument could ever be. The reference to “them” and “they” is not colour but Majola's clan. Now, unless you can offer another explanation for the different approach to the two scenarios; I will stick to my view.

      Dirk - 2012-03-17 16:16

      None here, are even worthy of tying Hansies shoe laces when he was still alive. I remember all the sanctimonious faces at the trial of Hansie- the minister, the prosecuter and Bacher and their followings. All expressing their socalled concern for transparency and honesty . Only later to confirm their own involvement in less than honest activities. Hansie was more honest than 98% of us.

      Ian - 2012-03-18 01:35

      Was Paul wrong to deny his knowing Jesus, or just a mistake in Judgement. While she might have done wrong in accepting the bonus, who of us would not have taken it. Let they be the first to write about the short stone thrown. At least she has shown some guts, and removed herself from the quest. Unlike the tearful and judges...

      bluzulu - 2012-03-18 11:36

      @ Maaifoedie, This was my post regarding the resignation of A.K Khan. Now give the cash back so some deserving kids are givin the chance to uplift themselves from poverty. You are a damned disgrace. Behaving like criminals, like kids in a candy store . You old B*sta*rds are in positions to grow this country and all you did was line your pockets. The Freedom fighters of the past would turn in their graves if they can see SOME of our black, Indian and Coloured leaders squandering our opportunity to build this country into a Superpower it should have been if Mr. Cecil John Rhodes was never born. We just need good honest leaders. Surely you old guys who lived through the worst of the Apartheid regime would be most motivated to show the world NOT ONLY CAN WE DO IT, WE CAN DO IT BETTER. Finally you are ......."As useful as a Fly on a Turd" The Fly remake was for Khan in case you got offended.

      Sedick - 2012-03-18 18:43

      @Dirk....while I agree with some of your comments, I take offence to the remark that 98% of us are more corrupt that what Hansie was - speak for yourself Sir. And if that is so, South Africa must be 1000s of times more corrupt than any other nation in the world. Hansie was a dog, and responsible for a large number of cricket lovers walking away from the game, and making us all wonder if most of the games that we lost where we should have won, was thrown for a $. I recall on numerous occasions where Hansie got out at cow corner when SA was well on the way to victory, and we ended up losing......

  • Harshik - 2012-03-17 13:39

    to late to be deemed honourable

      Ian - 2012-03-18 01:38

      So you be the judge. Harshrik, would you have taken the bonus? Or have you never been in that situation?

  • braamc - 2012-03-17 13:40

    Shame on you, your filth

  • Henry - 2012-03-17 13:42

    What does she care?....her bank balance must be looking healthy...corruption spreading faster than the HIV virus.

  • Lunga - 2012-03-17 13:52

    My respect for Kass remains intact.

      Winston - 2012-03-17 14:57


      Morné - 2012-03-17 15:28

      I'm not sure if I totally agree with you, but she was certainly a fresh breeze in the male dominated cricket world. A bubbly personality with a great deal of charm. Maybe I'll go as far to say, that she should not be painted with the same brush as the Majola's of this world.

      Gcwabe.KaMavovo - 2012-03-19 13:26

      There were reports that she received a R200,000 bonus after the 2009 IPL.

  • Denis - 2012-03-17 13:54

    This is very sad, we don't know the full story, but she was a very good commentor, seemed a good administrator as well.

  • goyougoodthing - 2012-03-17 14:06

    She should also be in jail.

      Gunner - 2012-03-19 07:26


      angel.moonsamy - 2012-03-19 15:05

      She should be in jail so she can pick up da soap LOL

  • Dave - 2012-03-17 14:08

    The rats continue to jump from the sinking ship!!

  • Gerhard - 2012-03-17 14:08

    I think I am "dof"! I thought administrators were just that: appointed to administer the sport on behalf of the players. How did we get to the point where administrators use the players to generate income to line their own pockets? The players don't seem to feature in this fiasco at all. I suggest that the players' representative should be involved in ALL board matters, and should have a veto right on any decision - the sport belongs to the players, not the administrators!

      John - 2012-03-17 14:24

      You right..... you are doff... (tongue in cheek).

      bluzulu - 2012-03-17 15:12

      @ John , just watch you don't bite your tongue, Those false teeth could be dangerous ...heheehehehe

  • Larry - 2012-03-17 14:13

    Good Riddance

      Morgaen - 2012-03-17 15:52

      You find one of them under ever rock you turn over.

      Gunner - 2012-03-19 07:27

      Racist , sexist pig

  • Shirley - 2012-03-17 14:15

    What a dissapointing end to someone who was much admired in cricket lover circles! She was one of the most down to earth commentators with a genuine feel for the game! I wont comment on her actions before all facts are known but what realy amazes me is that Majola remains glued to his post!!!!!A sad day for cricket. It should never have got this bad,which leads me to wonder why did it take so long before some actually noticed something was awry????

  • Erik - 2012-03-17 14:23

    You don't leave after an inquiry - sounds as if you hoped nothing would come of it. you leave as soon as you know you've done wrong!

      BobM6389 - 2012-03-17 14:41

      Erik. The question is has she done wrong? I don't see anything in the article to implicate her in any wrong doing.

      Morgaen - 2012-03-17 16:00

      Um, what part of "Naidoo, who was one of the recipients of the undisclosed bonuses, was seen leaving the board meeting, accompanied by her husband." don't you understand??

      BobM6389 - 2012-03-17 16:44

      Morgaen. If your boss gave you a bonus and then did not disclose it as required does that make you party to wrong doing? I think not. However if she is guilty of wrong doing then the law must take it course. All I said is that the article does not indicate any wrong doing on her part, I did not say that she is not implicated, I have not read the full Nicholson report.

      Pur - 2012-03-17 17:52

      Kass did nothing wrong. She resigned voluntarily - if she was guilty she would also have been given a years suspension on full pay. How could she continue to promote CSA after this debacle? Her job was made impossible by the outcome of the enquiry and when she saw that she quit.

      Gunner - 2012-03-19 07:30

      Well said Bob but we we always have the Morgaen's of this world...really sad

  • John - 2012-03-17 14:28

    Kass has disappointed me. She was someone who I admired from the time she became involved with cricket by her knowledge and level head. Never would have thought that she'd be involved in the "cover-up"

      Gunner - 2012-03-19 07:31

      Why??? are assuming too much boet

  • Dennis - 2012-03-17 14:35

    Good riddence !! Time to take out the trash !!!

      Gunner - 2012-03-19 07:32


  • Winsome - 2012-03-17 14:52

    How much was her "bonus"? There should be a very public enquiry to this story - too many people are on the receiving end of "bonuses" which just don't justify their jobs.

      Gunner - 2012-03-19 07:32

      Since when is it a crime to receive a bonus???

      Gcwabe.KaMavovo - 2012-03-19 13:27


      angel.moonsamy - 2012-03-19 15:08

      Gunner : Why dont you ES&D : You ar so Doff u robbing some village of an "idiot"

  • graham.h.erasmus - 2012-03-17 15:12

    good riddance - and now for a clean sweep!

  • graham.h.erasmus - 2012-03-17 15:13

    good riddance - and now for a clean sweep of the cricket thugs!

  • Roy - 2012-03-17 17:05

    Mr "Sports Minister" why don't you do your job and fire the whole bloody lot or put them under SASSCOC control until this mess is sorted out. WHY put Majola on a years full pay if he was found guilty by a Judge.

      Darian Gray - 2012-03-17 19:17


  • Hein - 2012-03-17 17:31

    I have sympathy with Kass. She did not take the decision to award herself the bonus, nor could she have been expected to realise that there may have been something wrong with the bonus if it was paid to her by her employer. I think she has shown lots of integrity by resigning, but may be taking the fall where in fact she is actually innocent of wrongdoing.

      Morné - 2012-03-17 18:34

      Finally someone speaking some sense. Thank you!

      Gunner - 2012-03-19 07:35

      Well said Morne & Hein

  • Christo Smith - 2012-03-17 18:31


      Gunner - 2012-03-19 07:35

      For what???

  • rhamiid - 2012-03-18 07:20

    What a disgraceful bunch of people. No integrity, no remorse.....

      Gunner - 2012-03-19 07:35


  • Nick - 2012-03-18 09:50

    I remain confused as to why Kass would resign? She claims she did no wrong but at the mention of the suspension and disciplinary hearing of Majola as well as the resignation of other officials in the past few days she throws in her lot. If people are completely innocent and have the best interests of Cricket SA at heart then it seems to be the decision they would take would be one of remaining and making it better. Maybe she did no wrong and it certainly, at this point, looks that way so why resign. Why all the resignations after the Majola announcement? Cricket SA is a mess not only in an administrative manner but also the internal politics are disgraceful and affect the brand of Cricket SA and that of Brand South Africa. If it was not for our good cricketers it would be a total shambles. Kass, if you want to do good and you are above reproach then stay and make a difference as well as a significant contribution.

      Gunner - 2012-03-19 07:37

      Similar reason to why the usual sponsors Castle and Standard bank have distanced themselves from CSA...she obviouly doesnt want to be part of this mess

  • Shaun - 2012-03-18 11:58

    She should be charged with a criminal case along with her corrupt boss Gerald Majola!!!!

      Gunner - 2012-03-19 07:38


  • Jonathan - 2012-03-18 14:26

    In all fairness and in the interst of transparency I asume that we will now have public televised hearings to get to the bottom of all this.

  • Niki - 2012-03-18 21:20

    Fark race, religion, language or political affiliations - just find the culprits and punish them!

  • PietSnot - 2012-03-19 09:37

    Bla, bla, bla Naidoo - No big loss for cricket. Another example of where an EE appointment went wrong

  • Neal - 2012-03-19 10:03

    What did Cas contribute to the brand CSA?

  • Jody - 2012-03-19 13:01

    Ali Bacher and all who come after Hansiegate now have egg all over their faces. No suprise!!!!!!!!.I do not believe we no a fraction of the bribery that went on with IPL. What about the money that was payed below the table. I hope more will be exposed as i have heard that only tip of iceberg has been revealed.

  • BobM6389 - 2012-03-19 15:47

    I wonder how many of the holier than thou critics of Kass would turn down an opportunity to make some easy money? My guess is not many.

  • kassnaidoo - 2012-03-20 14:46

    Thank you everyone for your feedback. I left CSA with immediate effect. It was the right thing to do. I am spending time with my family, and hope to set the record straight soon.

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