Ramela challenges the removal from the interim board of CSA


A rebel Ramela is adamant that he remains part of the council © Getty

CSA’s interim board confirmed the removal of Omphile Ramela, one of its two reused members. But a rebel Ramela is adamant that he will remain part of the council.

The episode will certainly add to the growing international dismay over the state of the game administration in South Africa, with the suspension of the CEO and company secretary of CSA and that England has abandoned the white ball tour of the men for Covid fears. And this only from December 1st.

“It was not an easy decision, but the interim council had no choice but to do so,” said a CSA statement explaining Ramela’s fate on Tuesday (December 15), adding that neither he nor his lawyer had attended the meeting. meeting at which the decision was made. taken, nor responded to meeting notices.

“The council decided unanimously [with one abstention] that Mr. Omphile Ramela, having not appeared to give any reason why he should not be removed, is being removed as the acting director of the CSA, “the statement said.

Asked for comment, Ramela told Cricbuzz, “I am still a full-fledged director and interim board member of the CSA. No authorized staff or facility has removed me from the board, so there is absolutely nothing to dispute about my. office of director.

“Yes, some interim council members have attempted to hold the organization hostage, excluding some of us from council meetings. But these will soon be resolved. I remain a director and continue to do my job.”

Ramela resigned as president of the South African Cricketers’ Association to serve on the council, which was appointed on November 17 in the wake of the elected council – which had chaired more than three years of mismanagement – resigned in the face of mounting pressure. , including from the government.

But it appears that Ramela and the interim council failed to rise. His objection along with Xolani Vonya’s was flagged on Wednesday, and Zak Yacoob, the former constitutional court judge who chairs the council, told Ramela at Thursday’s online press conference: “It was generally obstructive in relation to the board matters, generally defending the indefensible, essentially refusing to accept the majority, seems to make a distinction between what is right and the decisions of the majority, and if he feels that the decisions of the majority are wrong he can keep arguing for hours on end .

“He doesn’t have the discipline to accept majority decisions. He’s thwarted every difficult decision we’ve had to make, and it’s been virtually impossible to deal with him. In three months [the length of the board’s appointment], if the meetings last for hours and hours, to deal with obstructive people who keep saying they don’t understand it and don’t understand that when things are fully explained, the board will not be able to finish its work. We felt that the possibility of finishing our work was greatly reduced by these obstructive tactics. I suspect that the obstructive tactics have been specifically designed to hold the scoreboard, so that we can do very little in the three months.

“We spent two hours talking about whether he would accept the majority rule. He says that when he says things are right, they are right. And so everyone must listen to him. He is a young man. He believes that every word that comes out of his mouth is the biblical truth, and if someone starts disagreeing with a word, they say you’re greeted with a lot of anger. ”

Vonya was withdrawn on the basis of serious charges leveled against him by Easterns Cricket, the provincial CSA branch of which he was president before joining the council. The Orientals suspended it in May. He was reinstated pending an investigation and resigned in October. It is believed that he is seeking legal advice regarding the action taken against him by the interim council.

Of the seven remaining board members, only Andre Odendaal and Haroon Lorgat, former CEOs of the Western Province Cricket Association and CSA, have a history as cricket administrators. Asked if Ramela and Vonya would be replaced, Yacoob said, “We will try to agree on the replacement with the board of members {nominally the highest authority of CSA]. If we don’t, the seven of us will just move on. We won’t go to waste our own. time with collateral problems “.

Cricket cannot afford such inconvenient bickering, especially the day after the announcement that Kugandrie Govender had been suspended as CEO and commercial director of the CSA. This followed England’s return on Thursday due to positive tests for the virus with half of the six matches not played, preceded by the suspension of the CSA secretary Welsh Gwaza on 1 December.

Individually, some of these developments will be seen as positive. Collectively, they paint a picture of chaos. Neither the public, the sponsors nor the sports minister Nathi Mthethwa – whose intervention led to the appointment of the interim council – will want it. But it seems that things must get worse before there can be hope for improvement. How much worse is a question that no one has dared to ask.

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