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CSA dramatically drops all charges against Mark Boucher

CSA dramatically drops all charges against Mark Boucher

Various charges had been levelled against Boucher, which comes after former national spinner Paul Adams implicated the Proteas head coach in a racial incident when the two were teammates, alleging that the former wicket-keeper was part of a group who called him a “brown sh*t”.

However, it’s now been revealed that CSA have dropped all charges just days away from the expected start of his disciplinary hearing.

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Paul Adams and Enoch Nkwe are said to not be testifying at Mark Boucher’s disciplinary hearing, with CSA seeking ‘urgent’ legal advice .

In a lengthy statement published on his social media platforms on Sunday, however, Adams says he doesn’t want to be “the main focus of attention” during Boucher’s disciplinary hearing related to “gross misconduct”.

“There has recently been media attention about my presentation to the SJN last year. I am releasing this statement to set the record straight as l have not spoken about the matter to the media or public since.

“The purpose of the SJN was for players/coaches and others involved with CSA to have a platform to honestly speak out about their experiences over the years.

“I went to SJN with no malice but with good intentions so that present & future players irrespective of race, wouldn’t have to go through what I and other players did in those times. Also, to make people aware that there needs to be education and acknowledgement around racism and for us to have a greater respect for each other within our society in South Africa.

“Not at any stage did I go in there with the intention to single Mark Boucher out … It is not my job or desire to find Mark Boucher guilty or not guilty, and to be cross-examined and turned into the main focus of attention. Therefore I will not be testifying at Mark Boucher’s upcoming disciplinary hearing.”

As previously reported, the disciplinary proceedings have been set down for 16 to 20 May, with these dates recently welcomed by Boucher’s lawyer Mohammed Chavoos.

According to Rapport newspaper, Boucher’s legal team has made an official request to CSA’s legal representatives that the hearing should take place in public.

If their request is denied, they will then approach the chairman of the disciplinary hearing, Adv Terry Motau, directly with their request for a public hearing.

CSA previously confirmed that a charge sheet, containing both the disciplinary charges against Boucher, as well as his rights, was provided to him on 17 January. The upcoming inquiry will also consider concerns and allegations that arose following the resignation of former assistant coach, Enoch Nkwe.

Yet it’s also been reported that Nkwe – previously expected to be a key witness – will most likely not be testifying at Boucher’s DC.

As CSA has continued to prepare for the hearing, it’s been reported that they are exploring their options.

“Cricket South Africa has noted the statement made by Paul Adams regarding his decision to withdraw as a witness in the disciplinary proceedings against Mark Boucher,” chairperson Lawson Naidoo told Sport24 on Sunday.

“CSA will be seeking urgent advice from its external lawyers on the impact of this statement on the disciplinary proceedings. Once that advice has been received, it will be considered by the Board and a further statement will be made in due course.”

SOME OF THE ACCUSATIONS CSA LEVELLED AT BOUCHER INCLUDED:

  • Historically repeatedly used racist and/or offensive and/or inappropriate nicknames regarding a Proteas team-mate.
  • Having had your racist and/or offensive and/or inappropriate utterances drawn to your attention, you failed to adequately and/or sufficiently and/or appropriately apologise for these utterances and/or acknowledge the racist nature of these utterances and/or hurt that they caused.
  • You have conducted yourself in a racist or subliminally racist manner; and/or
  • You have conducted yourself in a manner which is unbecoming of an employee in your position
  • Your conduct has brought CSA into disrepute.

The charge sheet goes on to say:

“When dealing with the Black Lives Matter issue and the question of ‘taking the knee’, you allegedly dealt with the white players’ concerns and requested that the team manager [who is black] deal with the black players’ concerns.

“This allegedly created or exacerbated the division and alienated players and the team. You allegedly did not formalise any documented ‘roles and responsibilities’ or meaningful KPIs [key performance indicators] for the assistant coach, Mr Nkwe.

“You allegedly did not provide any specific or sufficiently specific and defined role for Mr Nkwe and no ‘personal development plans’ were documented or implemented for Mr Nkwe; and you allegedly treated Mr Nkwe in a manner unbecoming of a leader in your position.”


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