South Africa: Full Release of Fundudzi Report Is a Step Forward for Cricket

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Cricket South Africa agreeing to hand over a full forensic report into its state of governance this week signalled some progress in a lengthy saga.

First published in Daily Maverick 168

Whatever issues contained in the full Fundudzi report that Cricket South Africa (CSA) didn't want revealed, they are now in effect public. And this will have deep ramifications in weeks and months to come.

CSA, on legal advice, withheld the full report from public view. Those that were cleared to read it had to sign nondisclosure agreements. But after a two-hour grilling by a Parliamentary Sports Committee, independent CSA board member Marius Schoeman agreed to its unfettered release.

The change of heart was surprising, but Schoeman knew he was fighting a losing battle. Parliament's powers are massive and resistance was futile.

A 46-page summary of the report issued on Monday was not enough to appease an angry committee, which took the opportunity to lash CSA. Members from across the political divide - including the EFF's Brian Madlingozi, the DA's Tsepo Mhlongo and the ANC's Nocks Seabi - demanded the full report, saying the CSA was "arrogant" and "undermining the committee".

Schoeman, who chairs CSA's audit and risk committee, attempted...

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