Boucher faced several charges of racism emanating from a report by the social justice and nation building commission have been dropped.
The allegations of racism brought up during the Social Justice and Nation-Building (SJN) hearings against former Proteas player and current coach Mark Boucher, has been charged by Cricket South Africa (CSA).
Boucher was charged by CSA on earlier in January 2022, the day before the One Day International series against India got underway.
The SJN hearing alleged that Boucher was involved in discrimination and use of racial slurs against former Proteas bowler Paul Adams. The accusations came as Adams made the hearing aware of a song which referred to him as “a brown sh*t in the ring.”
The commission made adverse findings against Boucher and a formal disciplinary hearing was recommended to decide on his future.
Monday, cricket governing body admitted there is no basis to sustain any disciplinary complaint against Boucher, this followed former cricketer Paul Adams post on social media where he stated that “he will not testify at Bouchers disciplinary hearing.”
Boucher who has officially apologised to Adams while other witnesses did not appear.
CIS Board chairperson Lawson Naidoo said the decision to withdraw the charges will return the focus to return to the cricket field.
“The decision to withdraw the charges will allow the focus to retain to the focus field, MR Naidoo stated.
THE CJN process was never only or even mainly about the conduct of individuals. More fundamentally it was about providing a platform for persons involved in cricket to share their personal experience of racial and gender discrimination to allow for a careful consideration of the systemic measure necessarily to redress going forward for the future “
The SJN processes has certainly achieved that the board is confident that the current team enjoys the current culture of mutual respect and inclusivity.
Naidoo sated that the CIS will soon announce more measures aimed at fostering inclusivity in the game. The systemic learnings form the SJN process will provide valuable input into the values, behaviours, culture and strategy of cricket in South Africa going forward.
“The also thanked the participations for the contribution in this regard”