2000

UNITED DEMOCRATIC MOVEMENT

MEDIA RELEASE


HANSIE CRONJE: FULL PUBLIC ENQUIRY NEEDED

MEDIA STATEMENT ISSUED BY CEDRIC FROLICK
UDM SPORT SPOKESPERSON

The United Democratic Movement expresses its shock at the sacking of Hansie Cronje as captain of the SA cricket team, following continued allegations of his involvement with Indian bookkeepers and his admission that he had not been "entirely honest" with the United Cricket Board of South Africa.

We call for a full public enquiry to deal with this matter quickly, openly and decisively, in the interests of justice and the image of South African cricket.

A full public enquiry is in the Country's best interests since we are a cricket-loving and sport-loving nation, and such allegations cast a huge shadow over South African sportsmen and -womens' image of integrity and honesty.

This controversy will negatively impact on the success of the team in the current season but also far into the future, perhaps depriving many of the next generation of bright young cricket players of the highest goal they have been striving for: to play in the best, and most sportsmanlike cricket team in the world.

As South Africans we cannot tolerate corruption of any sort in our society; and that in sport we must be even more vigilant since our sportsmen and -women are more than just national heroes, they are role models for our children and ambassadors of our Country.

While the UDM appreciates the United Cricket Board's swift action, the public needs to know if Hansie Cronje financially benefited from the match fixing allegations, and whether any other players are implicated.



Enquiries:  Cedric Frolick
UDM Sport Spokesperson

Cape Town
11 April 2000