These are just some of the issues facing the new president‚ although after 12 years as vice and deputy president‚ as well as head of the finance committee‚ Marais could also be viewed as part of the problem and not a solution.
Moneeb Levy was voted in as deputy president and Spencer King was elected vice-president unopposed after an attempted High Court interdict from vice-presidential candidate Ronald Bantom failed earlier in the day.
Bantom had been suspended by the WPRFU for disciplinary reasons‚ which made him ineligible for election. He tried to have the union’s disciplinary measures overturned in a court‚ but failed.
Marais won the vote over another popular WP rugby figure Peter Jooste, who was also a Springbok selector for over decade.
Western Province Rugby Group CEO Paul Zacks thanked Wakefield for his service and welcomed Marais as the new President.
“I would like to thank Thelo Wakefield for his years of service to Western Province Rugby and look forward to forming a close partnership going forward with Zelt Marais as the new President‚” he said.