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Acting CSA CEO sets eyes on rebuilding confidence in the organisation
20 August 2020, 11:13 AM

Rebuilding confidence in Cricket South Africa is how newly appointed acting CEO Kugandrie Govender plans to get the ball rolling. She was appointed as head of the embattled federation, following the resignation of Jacques Faul.

Her appointment comes at a time when numerous internal squabbles have given rise to legal battles and even suspensions. The Durban-born Govender says her focus will be to put South African’s sentiments at the helm of the cricket body.

“I’m grateful for the opportunity to show what I’m made off and what I have to offer this beautiful game and to show South Africans how we can turn this organisation around and make South Africans proud of us again. I think we are just keen to get there again. That’s what S.Africans want and that’s my mandate.”

Govender has more than 23 years of experience in the corporate sector and is the current Chief Commercial Officer at Cricket South Africa.

She says it is important for CSA to improve its reputation both locally and internationally. “It’s a critical time for the organisation and crucial for key stakeholders to work together to improve the rating of cricket among those who love, support, and follow the sport.”

Faul stepped down on Monday, a month before his contract would have expired.

The board says  he has put in place a detail transitional plan that would ensure the organisation makes a seamless transition.

Faul has returned to his full-time job as CEO of the Titans franchise.

In the video below, turmoil in CSA following resignations of CEO, COO and president:

VIDEO: State Capture Commission of Inquiry
20 August 2020, 10:19 AM

The inquiry into allegations of state capture has resumed in Johannesburg. The commission will hear testimony related to allegations of corruption and infighting within the country’s law enforcement agencies.

Live stream of the proceedings below:

 

Call for heightened operations to combat drunk driving
20 August 2020, 10:00 AM

The Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) has called on all law enforcement authorities to increase their operations against drunk driving. This follows the lifting of the ban on the sale of alcohol.

On Tuesday night, five people were killed and one injured after two vehicles collided in Benoni, east of Johannesburg. Both drivers are suspected to have been under the influence of alcohol.

The RTMC together with the South African Police Service and Ekurhuleni Metro Police are investigating the cause of the crash.

Research conducted by the RTMC in collaboration with the South African Medical Research Council and the University of South Africa shows that drunk driving accounts for 27% of fatal crashes in the country. This is estimated to cost the economy R18.2 billion annually.

The corporation says drunk-driving operations should be prioritised at night and over weekends throughout the year. Evidence shows that 55% of fatal crashes take place at night, about three out of five over the weekends and 70% during non-vacation periods.

UN Security Council slams mutiny in Mali
20 August 2020, 8:11 AM

The UN Security Council has expressed its deep concern regarding recent developments from Mali – just as the AU Peace and Security Council suspended the country due to the unconstitutional change of government.

The New York based Council met virtually on Wednesday to discuss the situation.  It has strongly condemned the mutiny in Kati, Mali, which led to the arrest of the President of the Republic, the Prime Minister and several members of the Government.

The Council urged those mutineers to immediately and safely release all officials detained and return to their barracks without delay.

Council members also underlined the urgent need to restore rule of law and to move towards the return to constitutional order. They reiterated their strong support to the Economic Community of West African States’ initiatives and mediation efforts in Mali and expressed their support to ECOWAS and the African Union.

In the video below, Ambassador Jerry Matjila on UNSC’s position regarding Mali:

Alleged infighting and graft at law enforcement agencies under spotlight
20 August 2020, 6:40 AM

The State Capture Commission of Inquiry will today hear testimony of alleged infighting and corruption among the country’s law enforcement agencies. These include the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA), Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) and the South African Police Services (SAPS).

Brigadier Pharas Ncube and Major-General Jan Mabula will be giving testimony while Robert McBride and Major-General Johan Booysen will undergo cross-examination.

On Wednesday, Director of Blackhead Consulting, Edwin Sodi, defended his account to State Capture Commission investigators that he had no idea who could be the persons initialled in a cost of business spreadsheet related to the 2014 Free State asbestos housing project.

The spreadsheet was prepared by Sodi’s partner in the Blackhead-Diamond Hill joint venture which was awarded a R255 million tender to audit asbestos in low cost housing in the province.

Former Free State MEC Mxolisi Dukwana testified at the Commission last year that initials in the document are those of people – including then Free State Premier Ace Magashule and Human Settlements DG,  Thabane Zulu – who allegedly received bribes. But Sodi has told the commission in Johannesburg that he doesn’t want to speculate.

“I did not want to speculate on the initials I think Chair you would understand that that would have been a grave mistake because if I speculate on initials and it turns out that the speculation is incorrect.  I would have mislead the commission I would have given them incorrect information more so because I was not involved in putting it together so it would have been difficult if it was the full name I would have said definitely this name refers to this person but it was initials.”

Nothing underhanded

Sodi maintains that there was nothing underhanded about the R650 000 he put towards a house where Free State Human Settlements Head of Department Tim Mokhesi currently stays.

Mokhesi was instrumental in ensuring that the province’s business plan was amended to accommodate the  2014 Free State asbestos project that Blackhead together with Diamond Hill were awarded in a R255 million tender. There are claims the tender was riven with corruption and bribes. Sodi says he viewed the property as an investment.

“It was recorded in our books as an investment in our financial books it was recorded there the transfer was made from Liket consulting so it was not concealed at all if this was meant to be some underhanded payment Chair. We wouldn’t have done it the way we did we would not have recorded it in our financial records we wouldn’t have paid and left a paper trail we wouldn’t have done the contracts that we did so it was a perfectly legitimate commercial transaction.”

Proceedings of yesterday’s hearing in the video below:

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