SJN report: Another delay as CSA ombudsman asks for week's extension
"We will have a board meeting soon after we receive the report and then we will release it publicly," CSA acting CEO Pholetsi Moseki
CSA's Social Justice and Nation-Building (SJN) report will be delivered to the organisation a week later than scheduled, with the ombudsman, Dumisa Ntsebeza, requesting an extension to the revised November 30 deadline. The report will now be sent to the board on December 6.
Pholetsi Moseki, the CSA acting chief executive, confirmed to ESPNcricinfo that the report would be made public after the board has spent time deliberating on its contents: "We will have a board meeting soon after we receive the report and then we will release it publicly."
The report will contain recommendations made by Ntsebeza on issues relating to discrimination in South African cricket, and is expected to cover issues around the culture in the national teams, selection, match fees, and the grassroots.
CSA is not obligated to implement any of Ntsebeza's suggestions, but is likely to act on at least some of them.
This is the second time the report has been delayed after it was initially expected to be completed by September 30. The deadline had to be extended after several parties that were implicated in the first phase of testimonies between July 5 and August 6 requested for time to compile their replies, which was granted.
The second phase of testimonies was held in October and included responses by current head coach Mark Boucher, director of cricket Graeme Smith, and former men's captain AB de Villiers. All three submitted written affidavits and did not appear before the SJN to give oral evidence, and only Boucher's statement has been made public so far.
Although Ntsebeza had previously indicated that the process could do with more time, it has already run for most of 2021 after the first call for submissions was put out at the end of April. It is believed that CSA had budgeted Rand 5 million (US$ 350,000 approx) for the project but the amount has gone up because of the extensions. The costs have come at a time when CSA is waiting to see if its coffers will be filled by an India tour, scheduled to begin in mid-December but in doubt because of the discovery of a new Covid-19 variant in southern Africa.
South Africa's men's team is also due to play New Zealand (away) and Bangladesh (at home) this summer, while the women's team is scheduled to host West Indies before the Women's World Cup.
Last week, CSA confirmed that all national teams would continue to take a knee before each match this season to show solidarity with the fight against racism.