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CSA dismisses former acting CEO Kugandrie Govender

Kugandrie Govender is the first woman to head the game's governing body in South Africa Cricket South Africa

Cricket South Africa's former acting CEO Kugandrie Govender has been dismissed with immediate effect, bringing an end to the disciplinary matters that have stretched back to December 2019. Govender was suspended in December 2020, four months after former CEO Thabang Moroe was fired over allegations of misconduct.

Specifically, Govender was under scrutiny for the role she played in revoking the accreditation of journalists in December 2019, for breaches of the Companies' Act, and her part in the dismissal of the former head of sales and sponsorships Clive Eksteen, whose sacking was ruled unfair. She was found guilty after a lengthy process which has lasted more than seven months.

"The Chairperson of the Disciplinary Tribunal, Advocate Terry Motau SC, imposed a sanction of immediate dismissal, having regard inter alia to the seriousness of Ms Govender's misconduct, the breach of trust and including the fact that a continued working relationship between Ms Govender and CSA would no longer be possible," a CSA statement read.

Since Govender's suspension, CSA has also parted ways with former chief operating officer Naasei Appiah and former finance manager Ziyanda Nkuta after previously ending their relationship with Moroe and Eksteen. Govender's immediate predecessor, Jacques Faul, resigned from the acting CEO role to return to his post as CEO of the Titans franchise. She was succeeded by Pholetsi Moseki, who remains CSA's acting CEO to date.

However, CSA is in the process of finalising a new governance structure after a new, majority-independent board was ushered in in June . The new board has advertised the CEO's position, with applications due to close on July 31, though no date has been set for confirming the new candidate.