The independent panel clears Graeme Smith in the alleged racism case
In the most recent development, Cricket South Africa declared that an independent panel cleared their former director of cricketer Graeme Smith of all racial claims. It should be recalled that Smith and current head coach Mark Boucher were among the CSA personnel accused of racial behaviour. Following the ‘tentative conclusions’ of the Social Justice and Nation Building Ombudsman in 2021, fingers were pointed at the two.
In the case of Boucher, he was accused of racism by former teammate Paul Adams and also by his former assistant coach Enoch Nkwe in order to keep him off the field. Though the former cricketer has denied all of the charges, he will face a disciplinary hearing next month for serious misconduct.
Smith, whose stint as director of cricket ended last month, has been exonerated of any involvement in a racism dispute involving former player Thami Tsolekile between 2012 and 2014. There was also no evidence on the table to show that he was opposed to Black leadership in the game. It has also been determined that Smith had no role in favouring Boucher over Nkwe in the hiring process for the head coach of the national team in 2019.