CSA members' council agrees to amend MOI for majority independent board

Nathi Mthethwa has issued a warning to the CSA's members' council Gallo Images/Getty Images

The CSA members' council has unanimously agreed to amend the organisation's memorandum of incorporation (MOI) to develop a framework for a majority independent board, which should avoid the game being derecognised and defunded by the country's sport's ministry.

All 14 provincial presidents that make up the council voted in favour of the new MOI after only six had agreed to it at a special general meeting on April 17.

The change of heart came after sports minister Nathi Mthethwa threatened to use the powers given to him by the National Sports and Recreation Act to strip CSA of its status as the game's national governing body, which would effectively have meant the national teams ceased to exist. The minister was due to rubberstamp his actions in the government gazette, which is published on Fridays, this week.

The signing of the MOI means that the interim board, who were ministerially imposed on CSA in October last year, have completed one of their biggest tasks in stabilising governance. Their outstanding tasks include overseeing the disciplinary hearings of senior staff members including former acting CEO Kugandrie Govender and company secretary Welsh Gwaza, before their term ends on May 15.

"We have now reached the stage where we can move to complete one of the outstanding issues of our mandate which is to hold the Annual General Meeting," Stavros Nicolaou, CSA Interim Board Chair, said."I would like to thank the Members' Council for ensuring that this resolution is passed. Cricket is now poised to move forward with a new governance structure. We look forward to taking the focus away from the boardroom and to the field of play especially ahead of the T20 World Cup later this year. We have kept Minister Nathi Mthethwa fully briefed on the latest developments."