White men cannot have the monopoly on the talent and skills required to manage cricket and therefore a change will be made to the composition of Cricket South Africa’s (CSA) management.
This is what the Minister of Sports, Arts and Culture, Nathi Mthethwa, said at a news conference in Johannesburg on Monday.
Mthethwa was asked about the resignation Monday of Chris Nenzani, the president of CSA, but rather used the opportunity to talk about racism and transformation in sport.
The minister says he met with former players last week. “They told me about the underlying racism in cricket and how their dreams were shattered by administrators, some of whom are still there.”
“We have already told CSA we want a clear indication of how they will deal with this issue (of the allegations of racism) both on the field and among administrators,” Mthethwa continued.
There are five key people, all but one of whom are white men. It needs to change, and it needs to change quickly. White men cannot have the monopoly on the talent and skills needed to run cricket. ”
Mthethwa says CSA has been given two weeks to show that its statements against racism are “not just lip service”.
“We come from a past where racism was in the law books and I wonder where the people who supported it at the time are now, because everyone now says they are opposed to racism. We are eager to accelerate transformation, and if we have to enforce it, we will.
“We (the government) have the necessary tools for that. There has been talk for 26 years now – there have been fruitless talks, commissions, talks and conferences. Now is the time to act, and we will help people act quickly. . ”