DA seeks detail on ‘risk assessment’ after decision on cricket captaincy

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The DA is taking further steps “to find out the truth” of the so-called security fears which, according to cricket officials, led to the under-19 captain, David Teeger, being replaced with another captain for the duration of the World Cup cricket tournament.

The DA argues that there is no obvious evidence that can substantiate the concerns about safety.

“Senior officers responsible for the security of cricket events and other sources in the security industry have all confirmed that there are no substantial threats,” says Veronica van Dyk, the DA’s spokesperson on sports, art and culture.

In light of this, the DA believes that the so-called threats are a smokescreen for a political decision that Cricket South Africa (CSA) has taken.

The party has now submitted an application in terms of the Act on the Promotion of Access to Information (Paia) to obtain KSA’s security and risk analyzes on the World Cup.

“Through this application, the DA requires transparency from KSA,” says Van Dyk.

“The report is crucial to understanding the basis on which KSA based its decision to relieve Teeger of his captaincy.”

Teeger has been in the news since October last year after he was named rising star of Absa’s awards for Jewish excellence. Referring to the conflict between Israel and Hamas, he said that it is the young soldiers in Israel who are the real stars.

KSA’s council later decided to launch an independent investigation into his statements, but Adv. Wim Trengove SC found that the former head boy of the King Edward VII School in Johannesburg did not violate any codes of conduct or act unconstitutionally.

However, KSA said last week that it had received information that protests about the situation in Gaza were expected at venues for the tournament, likely to focus on Teeger’s position on the conflict.

It was later decided to relieve Teeger of his captaincy to ensure the “safety of participants and spectators”. Despite these so-called fears, Teeger is still part of the team.

The tournament starts on Friday in South Africa.

The DA also appealed to KSA to reverse its decision on Teeger. If this does not happen, the party will report KSA to the Human Rights Commission (HRC).

“The DA insists that KSA must prioritize the rule of law, protect the players’ right to freedom of expression, belief, conscience and religion and not succumb to threats or intimidation,” says Van Dyk.

The party warned KSA that allowing such a precedent to continue could lead to more unfair decisions based on arbitrary criteria.

“The DA remains committed to defending the principles contained in the Charter of Human Rights and will take all necessary steps to ensure that justice and fairness prevail in South African sport.”

Last week, the government concluded the public hearing on its case against Israel at the Peace Palace in The Hague. South Africa accuses Israel of violating the 1948 Genocide Convention through its military bombing and siege of Gaza.