Thu, 06 May 2021

  • Cricket SA's Cricket for Social Justice and Nation Building project ombudsman Dumisa Ntsebeza said it was a shame that the proceedings from the project may not be televised.
  • Ntsebeza was the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's commissioner and those events that detail the despicable apartheid regime were beamed on television.
  • Ntsebeza was also confident that he'll meet the project's six month deadline.

Cricket South Africa's (CSA's) Cricket for Social Justice and Nation building project ombud Advocate Dumisa Ntsebeza bemoaned the impending absence of audience for the project's hearing, saying that it would have painted a better picture for those who are uninformed.

Ntsebeza used the example of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC), which was televised and, in doing so, played out apartheid suffering in visual colour.

The Covid-19 pandemic has put paid to the process taking place around the country and in halls where the public would be invited to listen.

Ntsebeza said they would have to make do with what they have in the form of online processes.

"If we weren't living in these Covid-19 times, it would have been very nice to have people attending the hearings so they can hear the testimonies and the evidence. It's very good for people to be there so they can hear for themselves instead of seeing things on TV or these online platforms as not everyone has access to them," Ntsebeza said.

"This process has to be undertaken as there are a lot of people who have been asking when this process is starting, so that discriminatory issues can be ironed out. It would have been very nice if this took place in the old normal where we'd be able to have many people in attendance."

With the project set to get off the ground next month, Ntsebeza has six months to get through it. It'll be a challenging but doable task for him, even though there will be plenty for him to get through.

Ntsebeza wasn't concerned by the short turnaround time, saying that the job will be completed nonetheless.

"I don't always think there will be adequate time to deal with the legacy of history. It reminds me of the TRC, where we were expected to deal with 34 years of history within a period of firstly 18 months and then extended to two years. It went further than that when matters were related to the amnesty committee," Ntsebeza said.

"There's never a time that's going to be sufficient, but I found myself in respectable agreement with the [CSA interim] board that it is doable."

Source: News24

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