Ken Borland
Sports Journalist
4 minute read
10 Jul 2021
8:30 am

First week of SJN hearings an aperitif for the more sensational

Ken Borland

The first week's "scene-setters" dealt mainly with testimony about transformation policies.

Advocate Dumisa Ntsebeza (Ombudsman of the Cricket for Social Justice and Nation Building (SJN) project) during a virtual media opportunity earlier this year. Picture: Ziyaad Douglas/Gallo Images

The first week of the Social Justice and Nation-Building hearings have been a mere aperitif for what I sense many people are hoping are more sensational revelations from next week when former players start appearing before Advocate Dumisa Ntsebeza, the ombudsman appointed by Cricket South Africa. But in many ways, this week’s “scene-setters”, as Ntsebeza has called them, have provided vital testimony because they have given a factual account of the transformation policies of CSA and how they have changed through the years. There have been successes, but there have been failures as well and surely no-one can question that...