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Mbalula: CSA handled the match-fixing scandal poorly

The minister says CSA named cricketer Gulam Bodi as the accused before proving any wrongdoing.

FILE. Sport and Recreation Minister Fikile Mbalula. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Sport and Recreation Minister Fikile Mbalula says Cricket South Africa (CSA) has handled the match-fixing scandal poorly, by naming the accused before proving any wrongdoing.

Mbalula has weighed in on the scandal involving former Proteas player Gulam Bodi, who was charged by CSA for acting as an intermediary, attempting to fix Ram Slam T20 matches last year.

Bodi has since been suspended and is expected to respond to the charges this week.

Mbalula says CSA didn't act accordingly when dealing with the matter.

"If they said these guys have done match-fixing, they must investigate and bring the proof. To name players without having concluded is exercising prejudice."

Meanwhile, yesterday Bodi's lawyer says no criminal charges have been levelled against his client.

Bodi is yet to respond to the charge but CSA has suspended him.

The former cricketer's lawyer, Ayoob Kaka, has confirmed that Bodi isn't facing any criminal charges at the moment as his case is still being handled by CSA.

Kaka says the former Protea will be called for a hearing once he's responded to the charge.

Bodi's former teammate Thami Tsolekile has also been implicated in the scandal, but a charge has yet to be brought against him.