South Africa is investigating Smith and Boucher on allegations of racism

Cricket South Africa (CSA) announced on Monday that it would officially investigate cricket director Graeme Smith and national team head coach Mark Boucher after allegations of racist behavior in a report by an ombudsman.

The couple were among a number of CSA staff implicated in “preliminary determinations” by the Ombudsman for Social Justice and Nation Building regarding alleged past discrimination within the national umbrella organization of sport.

A number of colored players came forward saying they had been treated unfairly, with former crank Paul Adams saying he was referred to as a “brown shit” in a South African team song during his time on the team, including by former goalkeeper Boucher.

Boucher has since apologized.

The Ombudsman’s report, which was sent to CSA earlier this month, also criticized Smith and former national team captain AB de Villiers for selection decisions made while at the helm that were detrimental to Black players.

Smith and de Villiers deny the allegations.

“The board has decided to open a formal investigation into CSA employees, suppliers or contractors affected by the report,” CSA said on Monday, adding that the process will take place after India’s current test and a one-day international tour of the country will.

“The board is aware of its duty to treat racism or discrimination allegations with the utmost seriousness,” he added.

“The formal investigations are carried out by independent lawyers. Further details on the inquiries will be announced in due course. Smith and Boucher will remain in their positions and will continue to perform their duties during the India tour. ”