The Social Justice and Nation-Building (SJN) report’s “tentative findings” against CSA’s director of cricket, former South African captain Graeme Smith, will be the subject of “accepted formal arbitration processes” beginning March 7, the board said in a statement on Friday. After analyzing the findings of the SJN report, the CSA announced on December 20 that it will open a formal inquiry into Smith’s and national men’s head coach Mark Boucher’s actions.
Smith, Boucher, and former international AB de Villiers, among others, were found to have participated in behaviour that was prejudiced and discriminatory on the basis of race, according to the SJN investigation, which was released in December. However, the ombudsman, Dumisa Ntsebeza, was unable to reach definitive conclusions and advised that a further investigation be carried out, which the CSA has agreed to do.
Both the board and Smith will be represented by lawyers, and the arbitrators’ decisions will be made public, according to CSA. “Graeme and his advisors have continually highlighted fundamental problems with the SJN process, in particular the “tentative findings” made against him,” Smith’s attorney, David Becker, stated.