The entire Cricket South Africa (CSA) board has stepped down, the governing body announced on Monday.

CSA has been in turmoil for much of the past year, with chief executive Thabang Moroe suspended last December while president Chris Nenzani resigned in August.

A report into governance failures at CSA prompted South Africa’s sports minister Nathi Mthethwa to call for board members to step aside, although that suggestion was initially dismissed.

But ahead of a looming deadline set by Mthethwa, who demanded action, the departures of various board members were confirmed over the course of the weekend.

Monday brought news that all members had now agreed to resign.

Government interference would put CSA at risk of International Cricket Council sanctions.

CSA said in a statement: “Following the members’ council meeting held yesterday, 25 October, 2020, the members’ council received and accepted resignations from board members.

“After the members’ council had deliberated and resolved that, in order to best serve the interest of cricket in South Africa, the entire board should resign, they did.

“All independent and non-independent directors have now resigned.

“The members’ council thanks every member who diligently served on the board and selflessly sacrificed their time for extended and often overwhelming periods to assist Cricket South Africa.

“The members’ council appreciates their commitment to cricket and, despite the turbulent economic climate, CSA, under their leadership, received an unqualified audit for the financial year ending 30 April 2020.

“The council wishes them well in their future endeavours.”

Zola Thamae, John Mogodi and Donovan May will remain as directors until the interim board structure has been appointed to ensure the continuity and stability of the organisation.