Durban: Cricket South Africa has condemned the use of political advertising during Sunday's fourth One-Dayer between South Africa and Australia in Port Elizabeth.
The CSA issued the condemnation on Monday following the appearance of posters advertising the new political party, Congress of the People (COPE).
The party was established late last year after President Thabo Mbeki was sacked by the ruling ANC in September. The new party is led by former ANC leaders, including former Defence Minister Mosioua Lekota.
Cricket SA President Dr Mtutuzeli Nyoka said cricket was not aligned to any political party and therefore no political party had the right to use cricket venues to promote their party.
"Cricket South Africa condemns in the strongest terms the unauthorised COPE advertisements that were displayed on the perimeter of the playing field during the fourth MTN ODI between South Africa and Australia," he said.
"The display of these advertisements flies straight in the face of CSA's apolitical policy which strictly forbids political advertisements at cricket matches under its auspices."
"No permission was sought, and certainly none given, for the display of these advertisements. Indeed, CSA refused permission after requests came from other grounds to display advertisements of this political nature," Nyoka said.
He said the decision to display the ads was taken by the host stadium without any consent from the national Board, who took immediate steps on noticing the posters.
"The decision to show these advertisements was a unilateral one by the host stadium and CSA immediately demanded the withdrawal of the advertisements when they first began to appear.
"CSA is to take up this matter up in the strongest terms at its disposal with its affiliate, the Eastern Province Amateur Cricket Board. We will continue with our zero tolerance of any form of political advertising at cricket matches in South Africa," he said.
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