The next set of hearings will resume on October 18
Cricket South Africa’s Social Justice and Nation-Building (SJN) hearings are due to resume on October 18, seven weeks after they were initially supposed to, and more than three months after the process began. That means CSA won’t have the final report by ombudsman, advocate Dumisa Ntsebeza, on September 30 as originally planned.
Those who have been adversely implicated in testimonies given between July 5 and August 6 will have an opportunity to exercise their right to reply in the second phase of the hearings.
Those parties, and any others who wish to respond to racial discrimination, were originally given until August 18 to submit written affidavits. That deadline was later extended thrice, to September 16.
The other application of the extension is likely to be the cost. CSA is believed to have budgeted R5 million (US$350,000) for the initial process, which includes the ombudsman’s fees as well as a daily rate for the legal counsel who have been present at the hearings. This is expected to go up.
Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo’s South Africa correspondent