Sports minister Nathi Mthethwa fires CSA board chair Zak Yacoob after tirade against journalist

Sports minister Nathi Mthethwa has told the Cricket South Africa (CSA) interim board that its chairperson, justice Zak Yacoob, must go.

2021-01-27 04:11:00 PM

Sports minister Nathi Mthethwa has told the Cricket South Africa (CSA) interim board that its chairperson, justice Zak Yacoob, must go.

Sports minister Nathi Mthethwa has told the Cricket South Africa (CSA) interim board that its chairperson, justice Zak Yacoob, must go.

Full media statement from Ministry of Sport, Arts and CultureMinister Nathi Mthethwa, having taken note of weekend reports relating to a call between the Chairman of the CSA Interim Board, Judge Zak Yacoob and a newspaper journalist, took time to engage with the Judge to agree on the best way forward on the matter. By mutual agreement, it was felt that the Judge should recuse himself from chairing the Interim Board.

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As the Interim Board only has a few weeks remaining to the conclusion of their assignment, Interim Board member, Dr Stavros Nicolaou, has been appointed to act as Chair for the balance of the period.On the work of the Interim Board, Minister Mthethwa said, ”This decision was made out of an abundance of caution, to safeguard the tremendous work done by the Interim Board, under his stewardship. The Judge showed remorse and apologised for his role in the call with the journalist. I take this opportunity to thank him for accepting my invitation to chair the Interim Board, as well as for his leadership, throughout the process”.

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