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Tuesday November 29, 2011

SASCOC CEO Mr Tubby Reddy on Tuesday clarified the country’s Olympic governing body’s role in the affairs of Cricket South Africa and denied at any time saying that Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula had contravened the Sports Act.

Reddy was reacting to earlier media reports that claimed the Sports Minister had acted irregularly.

“SASCOC were asked why we as SASCOC didn’t take action after Senior Counsel had shown there was non-disclosure involved,” said Reddy. “What I, in fact, was clarifying to the Board of Inquiry was that neither the Honourable Minister nor ourselves were investigating the issue. Both parties were playing an observation role. The entire process was conducted by Cricket South Africa.

“We offered jointly as Ministry and ourselves to identify an audit company with Cricket South Africa and then CSA president Mtutuzeli Nyoka identified the company himself.”

Offering further elaboration on SASCOC’s role in the cricket saga, Reddy said: “The other issue is that in the first instance, when the saga initially broke, the minister immediately engaged with the CSA leadership in an attempt to understand and come up with a speedy resolution.

“Therefore we at SASCOC could not investigate, as per the Sports Act, which says that we must act on these matters and only if we are unable to do so, must the minister be brought in.

“So to say that we at SASCOC are pointing fingers at the Minister of Sport is way off the mark. Even if we wanted to act, the Minister had already engaged CSA’s leadership. He in fact then invited us to join them and play an observation role which is precisely why I attended subsequent CSA board meetings.

“We were observers all along, even in Port Elizabeth when the acting chairman asked for an opinion. I informed him immediately that I was unable to venture an opinion as I was reserving the rights of SASCOC.”

Reddy went on to say that SASCOC enjoyed an excellent relationship with Minister Mbalula and looked forward to working closely with the Sports Ministry on the way forward for South African sport.

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