Cape Town - South Africa's Minister
of Sport and Recreation, Fikile Mbalula, has welcomed the swift
response and strong action taken by Cricket South Africa (CSA) to
allegations of match-fixing leveled against Gulam Bodi and other suspected cricketers.
In a statement released on Tuesday, Mbalula wrote:
with which Cricket South Africa has shown against those self-seeking elements
within the code whose motives are to exploit the most vulnerable athletes and
thereby corrupting this beautiful game is commendable. Cricket South Africa
must continue with its custodial duties of safeguarding sport by leaving no
stone unturned in its investigation of this disdainful practice. CSA must
pro-actively install preventative measures to protect our athletes from these
parasites and vultures.
African cricket is gradually regaining its original grandeur and it is indeed
pleasing to watch young and exuberant players in the likes of Rabada and Bavuma
coming through the ranks and naturally taking their rightful place in our
provincial and national teams.
Mbalula is meeting the leadership of CSA this evening to receive a comprehensive report
on the magnitude of match-fixing and to deliberate on what is to be done to