Acting Cricket South Africa president Willie Basson. Picture: Gallo Images
Acting Cricket South Africa president Willie Basson could be ousted after some board members confirmed that they would push for a vote of no confidence in the new year.
Provincial affiliates presidents yesterday said they would push for his ousting following The New Age’s exposé last week which lifted the veil on Basson’s “hidden” association with apartheid’s chemical warfare programme.
A number of provincial presidents are now calling for Basson “to do the honourable thing and step down”.
“The basis for the motion of no confidence is that we cannot have as our president a person who helped the apartheid regime oppress black people, let alone be the head of our transformation committee,” said Western Cape Cricket president Beresford Williams yesterday.
But Basson yesterday denied any knowledge of the proposed bid to oust him.
“I don’t know anything about a motion of no confidence against me. People are drawing wrong conclusions in that newspaper article about me that I was not even part of. We’ll have to see at the board meeting but there is no basis really for such calls,” said Basson.
Basson was appointed acting president in March when AK Khan resigned following the IPL bonus scandal. He was supposed to serve in that role until the AGM which was meant to be convened in September.
KwaZulu-Natal Cricket president Hafeez Jaffer also confirmed the proposed motion of no confidence and revealed “other issues” would be high on the agenda at next month’s meeting.
“We’ll make sure we discuss the implications of Basson’s past and push for the motion of no confidence at the urgent board meeting to be held on January 9,” said Jaffer.
Jaffer said also high up on the agenda would be the “painfully continued ill-treatment of Thami Tsolekile by the national team and the Test cricket blackout on SABC”.
“We are (also) going to accommodate Norman Arendse’s arbitration ruling,” said Jaffer.
With the Griqualand West president Rihaan Richards also backing the motion of no-confidence, Basson will have to put up a strong fight to save his job.
“We don’t have the official agenda yet for the January meeting but we’ll push for the Basson issue to be discussed at length,” said Richards.
Three more presidents confirmed they would also push for Basson’s removal but preferred to remain anonymous.