Sat, 16 Jan 2021

As promised, Cricket South Africa (CSA) released the full Fundudzi Forensic Services report into the affairs of cricket dating back from 2016 to last year.

The 457-page report had previously been veiled, with a few administrators, Sports Minister Nathi Mthethwa and members of parliament allowed to view its contents, with the caveat that they needed to sign a non-disclosure agreement.

However, the newly appointed CSA interim board stated soon after their announcement in October that they were considering releasing the full report publicly. A summary report, compiled by Bowmans attorneys, was released in early October.

The scope of Fundudzi's investigation touched on seven major points of investigation, namely:

Fundudzi were then tasked with sending their factual findings back to CSA in the manner done in the full 457-page report.

Within the investigation, Fundudzi were tasked by CSA to expedite their investigation into the conduct of former CSA CEO Thabang Moroe - who was dismissed in August after nine months on suspension since December last year.

Fundudzi sent a "draft report", the purpose of which was "to provide feedback to CSA specifically on the allegations against Moroe", according to the full report.

The full report also delved in the much-publicised banning of five sports journalists - namely Firdose Moonda, Ken Borland, Neil Manthorp, Stuart Hess and Telford Vice - whose accreditation was revoked on 25 November 2019 during the Mzansi Super League (MSL) tournament they were supposed to cover.

Fundudzi also looked into the domestic cricket restructure programme that was proposed under Moroe, expenditure relating to credit cards, exercising of step-in rights at affiliated unions (Western Province and North West), as well as effective internal controls.

Thabang Moroe

The former CEO is mentioned more than 600 times in the full report, with many findings holding him culpable for governance failures including the improper appointments of HR consultant Chantel Moon as head of CSA's HR department, following the restructuring of former HR manager Musa Gubevu to the transformation department.

Other irregular appointments under Moroe's watch include that of government and stakeholder relations consulting firm Tinanati-Management and Consulting, owned by ANC member Unathi Tshotwana.

The appointment was said to be worth R30 million bi-annually, however, Fundudzi found "no indication of how CSA considered whether Tinanati had delivered on its obligations".

Fundudzi also recommended that disciplinary action be instituted against Moroe for "failing to ensure that procurement processes were followed in the appointment of (security company) NSA Vulindlela".

NSA Vulindlela were allegedly awarded a R6.8 million contract for security services starting 1 September 2019 to 23 August 2023 without the prerequisite tender process for contract of related amounts.

Moroe was not interviewed by Fundudzi's investigators and has since sought legal recourse.

Download the full report here.

Source: News24

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