Moroe axed as CSA chief for gross misconduct
Thabang Moroe was today sacked as chief executive of Cricket South Africa for what the national governing body referred to as "acts of serious misconduct."
CSA said it took affirmitive action - Moroe (pictured) has been suspended since December - following legal advice it received after an independent investigation.
It said in a statement: "The independent forensic investigation revealed that Mr. Thabang Moroe had committed acts of serious misconduct which warranted the sanction of dismissal.
"Mr Thabang Moroe was offered sufficient opportunity to provide representations to the independent forensic auditors and to the Board regarding the allegations of misconduct, which opportunity he failed and/or refused to utilise."
Jacques Faul had been acting chief executive since December, but he quit last week and has returned to the Titans franchise, from which he was seconded, a month ahead of schedule.
Kugandrie Govender will now be acting chief executive until a permanent replacement to Moroe is appointed.
Also last week, Chris Nenzani stepped down as CSA president, three weeks before his term was due to expire, while chief operating officer Naasei Appiah, who was initially suspended, was also dismissed after being found guilty of “transgressions of a serious nature.”
Nenzani had been president of the governing body since 2013, and served two three-year terms, with the latter extended by a year following a change to the constitution that allowed him to continue overseeing the body during a period of instability.
Beresford Williams is now the acting CSA president until the annual general meeting on 5 September.
CSA has suffered on and off the field over the past couple of years.
Moroe was suspended on the same day that Standard Bank announced it would be ending its main sponsorship deal with the South African men’s team when its contract expired this April.
Betway, the international online betting company, signed a major deal with CSA in July, and this runs until 2023.
CSA launched the Mzansi Super League, a new domestic Twenty20 competition in 2018, but has been able to secure a fee for television rights, which has meant the two competitions to date have cost in excess of R200 million ($11.5 million).
The governing body is projecting losses of R654 million over the four-year cycle ending in April 2022, and has clashed with the South African Cricketers’ Association over planned changes to the domestic structure, performing a u-turn when the union said it would cost the jobs of up to 70 cricketers and moved to take legal action.
On top of this, South Africa, traditionally one of the strongest cricketing nations, have had a lean year, with the men’s team failing to progress beyond the group stage of the 2019 World Cup, and now ranked only sixth in elite test cricket, while various tours have been called off as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.