Ken Borland
Sports Journalist
3 minute read
18 Dec 2021
10:34 am

Cricket’s SJN hearings – A good idea gone wrong

Ken Borland

It seems the process was more about getting dirt on Graeme Smith and Mark Boucher than addressing historic wrongs and racial discrimination.

Proteas head coach Mark Boucher looks on during a training session. Picture: Sportsfile/Gallo Images

Despite its dodgy origin, there are many who believed the Social Justice and Nation-Building (SJN) hearings would be a very good idea - something necessary to try and heal the increasingly polarised and embittered environment of South African cricket. But now that the SJN report has been made public, what a grave disappointment it has been and what a waste of R7.5 million. So much evidence has simply been ignored or totally misinterpreted and the legal flaws within the findings reflect poorly on Advocate Dumisa Ntsebeza’s standing as one of our finest jurists. Never mind the poor job done by...