The photograph, taken on the first day of the second test in Port Elizabeth on Friday, shows Cricket South Africa's commercial and marketing head, Clive Eksteen, and communications head Altaaf Kazi standing and smiling with three men wearing masks with the face of New Zealand rugby global Sonny Bill Williams. Eksteen and Kazi are wearing shirts and ties and their official cricket accreditations. The photo was shared on social media and then picked up by the Sydney Morning Herald , who wrote that the Australian team were "outraged".
Candice had an encounter with Williams 11 years ago, before she had met Warner and South African fans hoped to use that to antagonise the opening batsman.
He is now a figure of hate in South Africa after his confrontation with South Africa wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock in a fractious first test in Durban last weekend.
CSA said it would follow its "normal internal processes", with regards to Eksteen and Kazi, which will likely begin with an internal investigation.
"On behalf of CSA I extend my honest apologies to the Board of Cricket Australia, its officials, team management, players and their families", CSA president, Chris Nenzani said. Rabada will have a disciplinary hearing in Port Elizabeth on Sunday, the South African team said.More news: Australia Exempt from US Tariffs
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Candice had a tryst more than 10 years ago with Williams.
It was a remark from Quinton de Kock during the first Test about Warner's wife that ignited a fit of rage, with the vice-captain later dubbing that comment "vile and disgusting".
Warner and de Kock were both fined and given disciplinary sanctions for the altercation.
That left large sections of the crowd chanting their displeasure but with each run scored by the home side, those jeers turned to cheers as South Africa look to level the four-match series having lost the first test in Durban by 118 runs.
Rabada has been charged with a level two breach of the International Cricket Council's code of conduct regarding unnecessary physical contact and could be banned for the rest of the series. Even on the first day of the Test match, CSA officials were seen clicking the photographs with the spectators wearing offensive masks which indirectly pointed to the Australian opener and the spat between De Kock and him.