Sascoc President Barry Hendricks (Gallo)

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South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (Sascoc) Barry Hendricks defended the organisation’s stance at Cricket South Africa’s Special General Meeting on Saturday.Hendricks said their constitution meant they needed to be part of the meeting that saw CSA’s members’ council vote against amendments to the Memorandum of Incorporation for the facilitation of a majority independent board.That action saw Sports Minister Nathi Mthethwa threaten governmental intervention.South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (Sascoc) president Barry Hendricks said the body’s constitution mandated him to be present at Cricket South Africa’s (CSA’s) Special General Meeting on Saturday. 

Sascoc have been accused of unfairly railroading the meeting where Hendricks was initially there as an observer but made an opening statement. 

At the meeting, Cricket South Africa’s members’ council did not obtain the necessary 75% to have the Memorandum of Incorporation amendments passed for the facilitation of the election of a majority independent board. 

Six of the 14 affiliates voted for the amendments to the MoI, while five voted against. There were three who abstained.  

Hendricks said Sascoc’s oversight role is a necessity for any governance issue that’s affecting the federations. 

“We had no role to play in the voting, my job was to put out the Sascoc requirements with regards to the constitution,” Hendricks said. 

“We were mandated by Sascoc’s constitution, but the function of that statement was to advise the member of the requirements and work accordingly.” 

Hendricks also said there are processes CSA must follow with regards to the amending of constitutions. 

“That was the sort of advice I tried to get through at the meeting on Saturday, but in the interests of sport, Sascoc must follow its own constitution and that our member, being CSA, also follows the constitution. It’s the same way we’ve had to follow with the IOC (International Olympic Committee) and the IPC (International Paralympic Committee),” Hendricks said. 

“Before we changed it, we had to send it to them, so they could see and give us feedback. We were able to adopt the changes at our SGM.” 

Hendricks also defended Sascoc’s inaction with regards to intervening in the stand-off between the members’ council and the interim board with regards to the MoI, even though he admitted the interim board had approached them for cooperation. 

“There was a period in which they requested that we put together a team to assist them. The team felt uncomfortable and decided to let the process be completed, from where we interrogate the MoI and its contents,” Hendricks said. 

“When the Sascoc board handed the matter over to the minister, that dealt with the Fundudzi report. There’s an MoI on the table that we haven’t officially seen, well, I haven’t seen it. I need to be furnished with the report.” 

CSA’s interim board chairperson Judith February said Sascoc overplayed their hand at Saturday’s meeting.  

“Sascoc exists at the pleasure of the minister as it is the Sports Act that provides for the establishment of a Confederation of Sport and not the other way around,” February said.  

“It is therefore not the ministry that accounts to Sascoc but the contrary is true.” 

Department of Sports, Arts and Culture spokesperson Masechaba Khumalo, whose boss Nathi Mthethwa was left red-faced on Saturday by Hendricks’ statement, said the ministry doesn’t need permission from its affiliates to talk to international federations and will inform the public once they’ve approached the International Cricket Council (ICC). 

“The Department does not need anybody’s permission to talk to any sports organisation and the minister has kept the ICC informed/updated on developments relating to their involvement in CSA as and when necessary, as a matter of common courtesy,” Khumalo said.