Cricket South Africa (CSA) on Wednesday announced that the interim board chairman Judge Zak Yacoob resigned from his position. The development took place just after a telephonic conversation between Yacoob and a journalist during which he used profane language.
He is the fourth chairman to resign from the position since last August, after Chris Nenzani stepped down voluntarily. Tiiseto Malepa, a journalist from Sunday Times asked Yacoob about the allegations on him by the suspended acting CEO Kugandrie Govender.
Yacoob replied to the journalist stating, “a dishonest, irresponsible idiot,” and further told him, “no right to ask me those questions.”
The recording was made available on the website of Sunday Times during the Weekend, leading to Yacoob’s resignation after issuing an apology to the board.
“The Board of CSA has noted the publication of the recorded telephone conversation between Judge Yacoob and a Sunday Times journalist. The incident is deeply regrettable and the Board has accepted Judge Yacoob’s sincere expression of remorse,” CSA said in a statement.
“In the circumstances, Judge Zak Yacoob has stepped down from the Board of CSA. He has done so to protect the integrity of the Board and in the best interests of cricket,” it added.
Dr. Stavros Nicolaou has now taken over the interim board until the end of the tenure. While, CSA will be working on complying by the instructions issued by the country’s Sports Minister Nathi Mthethwa.