CSA’s interim board has confirmed the removal of Omphile Ramela, one of its two reused members. But a defiant Ramela firmly believes he will remain on the board.
The episode is sure to add to growing international dismay over the state of administration of the game in South Africa, as the incumbent managing director and company secretary has been suspended by CSA and England abandoned its men’s White Ball tour over Covid fears. And only since December 1st.
“It was not an easy decision, but the interim board had no choice but to do so,” said a CSA press release explaining Ramela’s fate on Tuesday (Dec. 15), adding that neither he nor his attorney to act Attended the meeting at which the decision was taken nor replied to communications about the meeting.
“The board decided unanimously [with one abstention] that Mr. Omphile Ramela, who apparently has not given any reasons why he should not be removed, will be dismissed as director of the CSA interim board, “the press release said.
When asked for comment, Ramela told Cricbuzz, “I am still a director and a member of the CSA interim board. No authorized personnel or structure has removed me from the board, so there is absolutely nothing I do about my management could challenge. “
“Yes, some members of the interim committee have tried to take the organization hostage, including barring some of us from board meetings. But these will be dealt with soon. I remain director and continue my work.”
Ramela resigned as president of the South African Cricketers’ Association to become part of the board, which was appointed on November 17 after the elected board that had presided over more than three years of mismanagement, including pressure from the government.
But it seems that Ramela and the Interim Board couldn’t get along. His rejection along with that of Xolani Vonya was reported on Wednesday, and Zak Yacoob, the former Constitutional Court judge who presides over the board, presented Ramela during an online press conference Thursday: “He was on board matters in general He generally defends the untenable and generally refuses to accept the majority. He seems to distinguish between right and majority decisions, and if he thinks majority decisions are wrong, he can argue for hours about them.
“He does not have the discipline to accept majority decisions. He has been a hindrance to every difficult decision we had to make and was virtually impossible to deal with. In a period of three months [the length of the board’s appointment]When meetings go on for hours to deal with obstructive people who keep saying that they don’t understand and don’t understand that the board cannot finish its job when things are fully explained. We found that these obstructive tactics significantly reduced the chances of quitting our jobs. I suspect the obstructive tactic is specifically designed to hold the board up so there is very little we can do in the three months.
“We spent two hours talking about whether he would accept majority rule. He says that if he says things are right, they are right. And that’s why everyone has to listen to him. He’s a young man. He believes that Every Word Comes Out His Mouth is Biblical Truth, and when someone starts disagreeing with a word he says that you are greeted with a lot of anger. “
Vonya was dismissed prior to joining the board on grave allegations by Easterns Cricket, of which he was a member of CSA Province. Easterns suspended him in May. He was reinstated pending an investigation and resigned in October. He is believed to be seeking legal advice on the actions taken against him by the Interim Committee.
Of the seven remaining board members, only Andre Odendaal and Haroon Lorgat, former directors of the Western Province Cricket Association and the CSA, have track records as cricket administrators. When asked if Ramela and Vonya would be replaced, Yacoob said, “We’re going to try to arrange replacements with the membership council (nominally CSA’s highest authority). If we don’t, the seven of us will just move on. We won’t move on.” wasting our time on side issues. “
Cricket cannot afford to argue so inappropriately, especially the day after the announcement that Kugandrie Govender was suspended as acting CSA executive director and chief commercial officer. It followed that England went home on Thursday for testing positive for the virus, with half of the six games not being played, preceding the suspension of CSA company secretary Welsh Gwaza on December 1.
Some of these developments are individually rated as positive. Together they paint a picture of chaos. Neither the public, sponsors, nor Sports Minister Nathi Mthethwa – whose intervention led to the appointment of the interim committee – will want this. But it seems that the situation must get worse before there is any hope of improvement. How much worse is a question no one dared ask.