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Match-fixing: CSA boss commends anti-corruption efforts

CSA’s anti-corruption code has compelled players to report corruption such as match-fixing.

Haroon Lorgat is the Chief Executive Officer of Cricket South Africa. Picture: AFP/Anesh Debiky.

CAPE TOWN/JOHANNESBURG - Cricket South Africa (CSA) boss Haroon Lorgat has applauded the organisation's anti-corruption code for compelling players to report corruption such as match-fixing.

Former Proteas batsman Gulam Bodi has been banned from all cricket activities for 20 years after he was found guilty of attempting to fix a domestic T20 game.

The former Proteas player has accepted charges against him relating to a match-fixing scandal.

Lorgat says the anti-corruption code came into effect in September last year.

He says they are examining the circumstances that led to other players not reporting attempted corruption.

"It appears that some may not have reported it, but there could be very good reasons for that. We have to treat every case on merit because it is possible that some players may have thought that it was not quite the approach or some sort of a joke and so we need to establish the facts."

He went on to say that Bodi is compelled to cooperate with the cricket body's investigation into match-fixing in last year's Ram Slam T20 competition.

"We expect that Mr Bodi himself will learn and will actively assist us in reminding players of the dangers of corrupt behaviour."

Meanwhile, Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula has welcomed the swift action taken by cricket bosses in dealing with the scandal involving Bodi.

The department's Esethu Hasane says, "The minister of sports and recreation welcomes the swift and strong action taken by Cricket South Africa against the match-fixing allegations against Gulam Bodi."

LISTEN: Update on Bodi's suspension.