Enough is enough. The calamitous reign of CSA CEO Thabang Moroe must come to an end. His latest shenanigan is the last straw.
On Sunday, CSA revoked, then reinstated the accreditations of Stuart Hess, Neil Manthorp, Ken Borland, Firdose Moonda and Telford Vice. Their crime? Accurately reporting on the absolute mess that CSA has become.
This kind of paranoid behaviour has no place in SA sport. It usually happens when an inept leader is cornered and is desperate to hide the truth – like when Donald Trump banned CNN from his media briefings. An act intended to show strength but in reality shows extreme weakness.
The sheer stupidity of it all is laughable too. It is also littered with irony.
Firstly, CSA banning top cricket writers in the country from entering the ground to report on the beleaguered Mzansi League which is struggling for numbers … because there is no interest. Would removing the best reporters help generate or lessen interest in the competition? My 7 year-old daughter could answer that.
Secondly, revoking the accreditations of these writers is not going to stop them from getting into the ground …LOL!! The grounds are almost empty … because there is no interest … because your organisation is a disaster. Also journalists are resourceful!
Finally, banning journalists is a tactic that will only lead to more digging. What are you trying to hide? As if racking up a massive debt, suspending senior members for no apparent reason, confusing interim appointments, losing to the Western Province Cricket Association in court, contradictory press releases and a complete lack of direction or planning ahead of the upcoming England tour weren’t enough?? Could there be more? Journalists will now be even more motivated to find out.
The English arrive on these shores in a couple of weeks and we don’t even know who the coach will be nor who the selectors are. Seriously. I am not joking.
If Moroe thinks that getting on the wrong side of journalists will help turn around his current public relations disaster then he really needs to reconfigure his chess board.
If Moroe thinks that he can continue to destroy one of the country’s national sports single-handedly and expect South Africans to stand back and allow this to happen, he needs to think again … although thinking doesn’t seem to be one of CSA’s strong suits.
A Proteas fire has been lit … but the only firing that is required right now is that of Moroe and his office!