Moroe had been suspended with pay for six months as a result of alleged misconduct, and in his absence the CSA board has appointed Jacques Faul as its acting CEO and former South African captain Graeme Smith as its Cricket Operations Director and they have been operating since.
There was huge confusion and drams at Cricket South Africa (CSA) headquarters in Johannesburg on Thursday. Thabang Moroe, CSA’S suspended CEO since the month of December returned to work and took everyone by surprise.
According to HeraldLive, Moroe’s 6 month ended on June10th and the CSA board committed to resolving the issue within six months, but that window has now passed without Moroe being officially charged for anything.
It is also understood that Moroe’s access card was deactivated upon his suspension and management inside the organisation’s Melrose Estate premises had to be alerted of his presence at the gates. After waiting outside‚ Moroe was finally let in.
“We should note at this point that‚ the suspension of our client via a telephone by Mr Nenzani in this regard‚ was in direct contravention of the CSA’s Disciplinary Codes and Procedures and it also ended on June9th”, according to the statement by Moroe’s lawyers.
Late on the Thursday night CSA finally reacted on the embarassing situation and issued the below-mentioned –
The Board of Cricket South Africa (CSA) met last night to deliberate on the events which unfolded at the Head Office of CSA today when the suspended Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Thabang Moroe, purported to report for duty.
The Board wishes to clarify that the Chief Executive Officer was suspended in December 2019 pending the outcome of an independent forensic investigation into management practices at Cricket South Africa. The letter of suspension issued to the Chief Executive Officer explicitly stated that he was suspended until the conclusion of the independent forensic investigation. This investigation is not yet complete and therefore the Chief Executive Officer remains suspended and any assertion that his suspension was for a pre-determined period is without basis.
The forensic investigators have indicated that their report is imminent.
Once the Board receives the report, the Board will study the report and if disciplinary action against the Chief Executive Officer (or anyone else) is required to be taken, the Board will move swiftly to institute such disciplinary action so that the matter will be resolved as soon as possible.
This remains a matter of utmost concern to the Board. The Board wishes to assure all stakeholders and the public that this matter is receiving all the attention it deserves. However, the Board is also at pains to ensure that due process is followed at all times.
The Board is confident that the investigation is coming to a head and there will be more clarity and certainty provided before the end of June.