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Action against Majola needed

2011-12-06 07:50

Pretoria - A minority report prepared by a lawyer suggested strong action against Cricket SA (CSA) CEO Gerald Majola after an internal probe, a commission of inquiry heard on Monday.

This was the testimony of CSA board member Hlalele Molotsi before the inquiry in Pretoria.

He said the minority report was prepared by advocate Nazeer Cassim after an inquiry chaired by acting CSA president AK Khan into undisclosed bonuses paid to Majola and others.

Despite the damning minority report, the CSA board opted for the recommendations from the Khan commission's majority report which found Majola should have declared the bonuses to the CSA remuneration committee (Remco), said Molotsi.

Following the commission’s report to the CSA board, Majola was cautioned and ordered to repay R28 169 in travel costs spent on his children.

Molotsi, however, revealed that Cassim had tabled a minority report that suggested a disciplinary hearing should be instituted against Majola.

"Advocate Cassim emphasised something definitely was not right as per the investigation and he found that if he [Majola] was the CEO for a private company, on the basis of the payment of the travels he would face a disciplinary hearing or at least suspension or dismissal," Molotsi said.

He said after he had read through the Khan commission's report, he felt it had conducted its investigation in a subjective manner and was sympathetic towards Majola.

In the first submission to the committee on Monday, former CSA audit committee chairman Colin Beggs said Majola and former chief operations officer Don McIntosh received more than two-thirds of the money allocated to IPL bonuses.

"I don't know who had the authority to decide that it was an appropriate split for these two executives to get the majority of that, whereas the remaining 20-odd staff got... [the balance]."

He said Majola should have known that he had to declare his bonuses and could not claim afterwards that he was unaware he had to disclose them to Remco.

"There were a lot of pointers towards a code of conduct and declaration of any interest that one might receive," Beggs said.

"It is virtually the first item, after apologies, to declare any interests one has.

"The point is there were just so many opportunities to do that."

There was certainly an opportunity directed to the external auditors and, in fact, a director and officer were required to disclose to its shareholders, and through the annual report, the amount of the benefit they had received.

In the last oral presentation of the day, former Remco member Thandi Orleyn was critical of Majola and McIntosh over the nondisclosure of the bonuses to Remco.

"If I knew there was something in the back pocket I would have to consider it," Orleyn said.

Orleyn felt Majola and McIntosh deliberately did not disclose to Remco the bonuses they received from the IPL and ICC.

"I believe so, because they came and motivated to us for a bonus. If you already have a bonus, why come back and motivate for another?"

Keith Lister, an independent Gauteng Cricket Board (GCB) director, told the commission he was dumbfounded that Majola had signed a confidentiality agreement with the IPL.

He also said he was irked over CSA’s decision to ban international matches from the Wanderers after the GCB’s spat with CSA over the IPL contract.

"I can’t comprehend that the board in 2009 was prepared to agree to a confidentiality agreement," Lister said.

Earlier, radio presenter John Robbie made an oral presentation on his concerns over the state of CSA.
 

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Comments
  • Dhirshan - 2011-12-06 08:05

    like duh! jeez, are they only figuring that out now?

  • Dhirshan - 2011-12-06 08:07

    people keep blaming smith, any organistion looks to the ceo - the highest figure - when things fail ( like world cups etc. ) smith is not the highest figure, look right at the top!

  • Lida - 2011-12-06 08:10

    They there because of the money not because of the sport

  • Larry - 2011-12-06 08:22

    He should be charged with fraud and if found guilty in a court, he should be jailed and banned from having anything to do with Sport again. The Man is a cheap crook.

      don.ruffels - 2011-12-06 09:29

      The only problem if they put him in jail he will like Selebi find a loop-hole. Perhaps "kidney failure" TLOL

  • Erich - 2011-12-06 08:37

    CSA handled this matter from the outset wrong and almost allowed Majola to get away. Instead they victimised the then President who was all along right in his condemnation of the actions of CSA. It is in the interest of cricket that all the dead wood be eradicated.

  • Dennis - 2011-12-06 08:41

    Gerald, you deserve to be criminally charged !! Nothing different to Selebi the convicted thief !!

      Fred - 2011-12-06 09:49

      Majola stole a heck of a lot more money.

  • craig.eksteen2 - 2011-12-06 08:49

    Grab money................ Chuck this idiot and the others involved out.

  • Roy - 2011-12-06 09:20

    This Majola is one BIG thieving crook and with a few of his buddies, who were aware of what was going on,should be made to repay every single cent and then taken to court. What a bunch of thieves we have running all our sports in our country.

  • Beth - 2011-12-06 09:24

    Should CSA deem it, in their "wisdom", unnecessary to take action against Gerald Majola, they will justify the perception of the paying South Africa public and cricket supports that not only was Majola in breach of the CSA constitution, but that they themselves will cast doubt on themselves. The bottom line is that the man lied - be intentionally or not. A lie is a lie Mr Majola and there is doubt that a man who has held the post of CEO for 11-years did not intend to do so. It's time that CSA showed their backbone and took a stance. It took South African cricket years and years to overcome the "Hansie Debacle", just for the likes of Gerald Majola and his cronies to fan the fire yet again and bring doubt on our cricketing fraternity and it supporters. He should be made to pay back and the money and fired!!!

      Beth - 2011-12-06 09:25

      Apologies to all for the glaring grammatical errors!

      John - 2011-12-07 05:07

      Beth, don't worry about the errors, always happens to me as well when I get pissed at what these guys get up to. Main thing is you got the right message across. Well done, I agree 100%. I live in Thailand(retired) but my blood is green. I socialize in a sports bar here and all my mates are OZ and UK expats and they give me huge doses of abuse when they read about this bulls..t in the Bangkok Times. Anyone who brings SA sport in disrepute should be fried!!

  • chiepner - 2011-12-06 09:44

    Is this still going on? Should he not of been fired already and legal action been taken to try and recover the money that he and his impecable money grabbing board has been stealing to live in luxury? Off with his head already!

  • Jay - 2011-12-06 10:42

    Dear CSA Enquiry Commission - Judge Nicholson, Every CENT of Funds that CSA received from the IPL belongs to South African Cricket and it's Structures. NOT TO ANY CSA Employee OR CROOKED CSA Executive. CSA & the CSA Eexutive are mere SERVANTS to SA Cricket. They all earn a Salary to do a Job, and even if that job means to promote the IPL in SA. No where does it allow them to "SKIM OFF the IPL BONUS" In fact the then IPL Chief , Modi, should be summonsed to appear in these hearings. He too is CORRUPT. Recover EVERY CENT, and appropriate these funds to the Cricket Development of SA. Those THIEVES that cannot or WILL NOT pay, must be liquidated and jailed. This MUST apply to Majola. Beware of the "ARTICULATE INCOMPETENT EXECUTIVES" at CSA who have all STOLEN for personal gain. I REST MY CASE.

  • Julie - 2011-12-06 10:45

    Yawn...... another thief

      John - 2011-12-07 05:11

      Yep Julie it just goes on and on, every day that's all you see in the news. Corrupt officials.

  • Deon - 2011-12-06 11:12

    Majola - Chuene, ASA - CSA, same thing..... different dog!!! PLEASE let them follow the same path and outscome with a definite result. We - rsa and csa fans - do NOT need this trash associated with the gentlemans game of cricket

  • Andrew - 2011-12-06 11:12

    Fascinating when Ali Bacher was head of CSA we had a well run and clean CSA. The minute you place an AA ANC cadre thre what do we get? A corrupt gravy train specialist. It never seems to change but then you get called racist to point this out.

  • Gladwin - 2011-12-06 11:40

    I think the time is past due, that a clean sweep should be done at csa. It is riddled with virusses of wrong doings, etc. Look carefully, someone is protecting someone... this desease goes deeper than you might think and Majola is at the heart of it all. By the way, Gerald is still riding on the ticket of his brother's legacy!!!

  • William - 2011-12-06 12:39

    He should be thrown in the slammer and they should throw away the key. What a bent, miserable piece of garbage!!! He is not fit to hold any position of power let alone any job with CSA!!!

  • SirFGrumpy - 2011-12-06 13:35

    Burn them at the stake. They all stink of greed and gluttony.

  • Joe - 2011-12-06 15:23

    How can these CROOKS be earning such money. After 36 dedicated public service and high qualifications the total lump sum for pension is just less than 1 mil.......something BIG wrong....

  • clem.human - 2011-12-06 16:05

    not only a liar and a thief but a coward too! (Is this another "struggle icon" like Jacky Selebi?)

  • desmond.joshua2 - 2011-12-07 07:51

    that is why majola wanted to get rid of Nyoka because he was caught with his hand in the cookie jar.bring back Nyoka,to the cell with majola.he is a big crook like the rest of them.Steve Elworthy should also be charged,he is a crook as well.

  • George - 2011-12-07 13:56

    Jackie is waiting for u Gerald.........better have your kidneys checked very quickly.....

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