CSA bowled a googly as suspended CEO pitches up for work
Thabang Moroe says CSA president didn’t follow procedures when he was relieved of his duties
The gloves came off on Thursday after suspended Cricket South Africa (CSA) CEO Thabang Moroe reported for duty and accused the governing body’s president, Chris Nenzani, of contravening the organisation’s disciplinary procedures during his suspension.
In a lawyer’s letter dated June 8 and addressed to Nenzani and CSA, Moroe said the president was in contravention of clause 11.2.2 of CSA’s Disciplinary Codes and Procedures because he was suspended on December 5 via a phone call and without any indication of the length of the suspension.
It is understood Moroe’s access card was deactivated when he was suspended and management inside the organisation’s Melrose Estate premises had to be alerted to his presence at the gates on Thursday. Moroe was let in.
The clause the letter refers to says an employee may be suspended temporarily pending the conclusion of a disciplinary inquiry, on full pay. Also, CSA has to give the employee 48 hours to say why he or she should not be suspended.
On full pay, Moroe would reportedly have been earning R350,000 a month while on suspension.
“After having decided to suspend an employee in terms of this procedure‚ CSA will inform the employee of the reasons for this decision and the arrangements that will apply during the period of suspension in writing,” the code states.
It also says the disciplinary inquiry should happen about two months after the suspension, unless there are extraordinary circumstances.
Through his lawyers‚ Moroe accused Nenzani of not giving him an opportunity to give reasons why he should not suspended.
It is understood Moroe only received a suspension letter in late January.
His lawyers said Nenzani was in contravention of the disciplinary code when he told the CEO over the phone that the suspension would last for six months from December 5.
“In this instance again Mr Nenzani persisted in flouting clause 11.2.2 of the CSA’s Disciplinary Codes and Procedures.”
The CSA had until the close of business on Tuesday to respond to the letter.
Attempts to get comment from CSA spokesperson Thami Mthembu drew a blank, but Nenzani said CSA’s board would be meeting on Thursday night and would issue a statement.
CSA’s acting CEO Dr Jacques Faul said he couldn’t comment on the matter.