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Social Justice And Nation Building Project Hearing

The good, the bad, and the ugly were all on display during CSA’s Social Justice and Nation-building (SJN) project hearings this week.

Platform to Polish his Tarnished Reputation

Thabang Moroe, like the fixers before him, attempted to use the platform to repair his soiled reputation. AfriForum, a white supremacist pressure group, was hell-bent on ignoring the elephant in the room, racism, and shouting instead about the ostensibly larger evil of quota selection.

Then there was Ashwell Prince, who was the polar opposite of Moroe and AfriForum. In the greatest possible way: concise, thoughtful, productive, and grounded in reality. It was like seeing Prince bat while he testified. It wasn’t always pretty, but that didn’t make it any less magnificent; hard, uncompromising, an honest struggle with the facts of the problem, and good luck getting him out.

“My Career as a War”

“I treated my profession as if it were a war,” Prince explained. His testimony was not the place for emotion, but everyone who has heard or read those words should be shocked enough to consider what they signify and why he felt the way he did.

Cricket becomes a career for a chosen few and a passion for an even larger number of others. It should never, under any circumstances, be compared to war. What did the game do to Prince and those like him as a form of punishment for daring to participate?. Moroe’s response was little more than a smear campaign against the media, which he claimed was responsible for him losing his job as CSA’s chief executive, which he lost in August.

The Chaos in Cricket

It was, presumably, the press that hoarded the unprecedented power that ended up in Moroe’s hands, the press that chased away sponsors alarmed by the lack of governance that befell CSA when he wielded that power,  thousands on booze using Moroe’s company credit card,

the press who mentioned Moroe 681 times in the 457 pages of an independent forensic report on the cricket chaos, and the press who unfairly withdrew the accreditation of five of its most senior members to impede their ability to do their jobs.

Moroe had strayed so far from the SJN’s stated course that the project’s ombud, Dumisa Ntsebeza, had to interrupt him and read him the terms of reference. That didn’t stop Moroe from blaming everyone at CSA for everything that went wrong during his miserable tenure. That is, everyone but himself.

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