CSA apologizes Momentum after shocking tweet
With no option left, Cricket South Africa (CSA) had to apologise their ODI sponsor Momentum after a board member posted an insulting tweet.
It has been a tough few days for South Africa Cricket since it was informed that the cricket board will be suspended by the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC), which has the power to put federations under administration.
It might put South Africa’s cricket into huge trouble as the International Cricket Council (ICC) doesn’t tolerate any kind of government interference.
Meanwhile, Momentum announced on Tuesday that they have decided to walk out due to the current tension between the government and the cricket board. They released a statement, which stated that – “Momentum has expressed that they are not satisfied with the current state of affairs at CSA regarding governance and other reputational issues.”
Eugenia Kula-Ameyaw, one of CSA’s independent directors posted a very offending tweet where he claimed that they made an irrational decision.
“Momentum forgets that we invest hundreds of millions in Momentum in our SOE [state-owned enterprises] and pension funds. I remember asking for the BBBEE [broad-based black economic empowerment, and affirmative action policy] certificate in my other board. Just check before you make an irrational decision.”
The cricket board took no time to apologise the sponsor and released a statement the next morning.
“CSA sincerely apologises to Momentum for the unfortunate and unwarranted tweets made by one of our board members in her personal capacity,” the release quoted acting president Beresford Williams as saying.”
“While we respect the personal views of all South Africans, CSA wishes to distance itself from the articulations made by Dr Kula-Ameyaw on Twitter. We further wish to reiterate that CSA does not ascribe to the views expressed regarding Momentum and we sincerely value the benefits Momentum and all our sponsors bring in making cricket accessible and inclusive for all South Africans,” the statement said.