Johannesburg – In an amazing admission, the South African Sports Ministry said on Wednesday, that its head – Nathi Mthethwa – had shown “an extraordinary demonstration of patience,” with Cricket South Africa.
Mthethwa hosted a joint meeting of Cricket SA’s Members Council and the Interim Board – which he appointed last October – and laid down the law in no uncertain terms to CSA’s provincial presidents. Mthethwa has indeed shown plenty of patience with CSA in the last 18 months, where one crisis has followed another, but he appeared to be at his wits end on Tuesday as he clearly outlined that his anger with the Members Council’s rhetoric and the seemingly endless roadblocks they kept putting in the path to administrative reform.
In the meeting, the minister’s stance was still very clear. “It is important not to allow boardroom disputes to trump player welfare,” said the minister.
“I am being dared to take executive action. In my opinion, it is clear that the court of public opinion shows no appetite for any unnecessary delays and own-goals, especially at a time when sponsors have demonstrated unbelievable loyalty and patience.”