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Majola: Bacher is a liar

2011-12-11 13:30

Cape Town - Under-fire Cricket South Africa (CSA) CEO Gerald Majola has launched a scathing attack on the country's former cricket boss, Ali Bacher.

Majola last week admitted in front of a commission of inquiry into CSA's finances that he failed to disclose a R1.8 million bonus he received after South Africa's hosting of the 2009 Indian Premier League (IPL).

Majola told the Rapport newspaper that Bacher is a liar who also received millions of rands in bonuses. He also claims that Bacher is still being "supported" by CSA.

And Majola said he will resign out of his current post if CSA demands it and only if there's are also questions asked about Bacher's millions.

According to CSA's financial year-end report for 2003, the Cricket World Cup in South Africa that year made a profit of R22 675 159. Bacher was in charge of running the tournament and earned R5 million of the R 9 651 459 bonus money which was paid out to the 15 directors, of which Majola and Mtutuzeli Nyoka, CSA's recently dismissed president, were part of.

Bacher said in a radio interview last week the bonus was part of his retirement package as his own one was "very poor".

However, Majola disagrees. "Bacher lies. His pension money was paid out to him separately by the same company who does it on behalf of all CSA employees.

"Bacher has always portrayed the image of a benefactor, but he is everything but that.

"He also organised his medical costs to be paid by CSA until the day he dies."

Bacher was reluctant to respond to Majola's claims of him being a "liar".

"It's disapointing, but I have nothing to hide and I don't want to become embroiled in a war of words."

But Bacher strongly denied the claims of unruly bonuses paid out to him.

"R5 million was paid to me after the World Cup tournament in 2003, but a big part of that was my pension money."

Bacher said the money, of which he paid R 2 million to tax, was never a secret.

"It was frontpage news in September 2003 in the Sunday Times and I also discussed it in detail in my autobiography."

Bacher said there was no retirement fund when he started working as a cricket administrator in 1981.

"For that reason the council of directors (of the Word Cup) unanimously decided to correct it.

"Majola himself was present at that meeting and several others will concur.

"If it didn't happen, I would have had to keep on working for the rest of my life just to survive," said Bacher.

Bacher also denied Majola's claims that CSA pays his medical expenses.

"Anyone is welcome to look at my bank statements. I pay R 6 000 every month for my whole medical aid contribution."

Sport24

Comments
  • Larry - 2011-12-11 13:39

    This guy really knows how to sink deep. He is a lying scumbag and Bacher should take this opportunity to Nail him.

      Squeegee - 2011-12-11 17:02

      Cricket thrived under Bacher. Now the test series against Shi Lanka does not even have a sponsor - this happened on your watch Majola. Get out now, you are ruining cricket.

      Carlos - 2011-12-11 17:52

      He admitted that he didn't know much about being a Director and the Corporate Governance requirements of such a position [difficult to believe!!!]; therefore I wouldn't be surprised if he had no clue on what and why the amounts paid to a retiring official like Bacher were all about...that's why he's now coming our with bulls*ht comments like these! He's just simply a stupid, greedy, "gravy train-type" thief!!!

      Sean - 2011-12-11 22:33

      Just hit him for 6 runs ou the park !! This guy is a waist of time !!

      John - 2011-12-11 23:28

      While the circus carries on, The Blue Light Brigade Strikes Again! Friday, 09 of December, cars on the highway from Durban gave way to a political convoy with blue lights. Remembering 1 man killed by the Blue Light Brigade in Durban, and another in Jo'burg, I protested those murders and raised my finger as they drove past. They proceeded to block me and lunge their cars at me, as I swerved, slowed and pulled away. I held strong and steadfast in my protest! My family, however, were badly shaken. It is time that the ANC realizes that they are not above criticism and rejection, and also NOT ABOVE THE LAW! I expected them to zap me back, or even lay misdemeanor charges against me. But the public harassment and bullying shows that these mental's are in a mindset of their own. They need to be banished to Antarctica!

  • Ian - 2011-12-11 13:45

    this thieving bastard must be kicked out of csa, Finnish him off Ali

  • Anthony - 2011-12-11 14:08

    scum of the earth all of them

      Hertzel - 2011-12-12 08:03

      ..Bachar cost the Cricket Unions money at the last WC when Zimbabwe had to be accomodated and also the exhorbitant opening ceremony at Newlands

  • Alva - 2011-12-11 14:13

    Majola's is an absolute disgrace! Lying, crying buck passing slime ball!

      Sean - 2011-12-11 22:34

      he is just digging his own grave , deeper and deeper !!!

  • Johann - 2011-12-11 14:25

    So I'm a thief and compulsive liar and into the sport for the personal gain I can get out of it ......... so now let's call everybody else cheats and liars etc etc too !! At least the man was our cricket captain, and quite successful for that matter, opposed to the real cheat and liar who knows what?? about cricket, or any other sport for that matter. Makes us REAL supporters sick mr. Majola!! AMEN

      Mike - 2011-12-12 09:26

      Hell – Johan when I started to read your comment I thought with those impeccable credential you were applying for the position of CEO of CSA. This clown should not be running a Spaza shop let alone CSA.

  • Koos - 2011-12-11 14:47

    Majola You have lost the fight. Admit, resign and try to help changing the sick CULTURES. Thanks

  • Roy - 2011-12-11 14:47

    Yes Majola,you would call everyone a liar who does not agree with your stealing and lying. You used the "race" card when you were caught and you wept thinking that people would feel sorry for you. You should be forced to repay the bonuses because of your dishonesty and any perks that you received should be taxed because you did not deserve it.

  • jwdupreez - 2011-12-11 15:02

    Fire this piece of Tokolosh dung - no question of resigning.........more arrogance than the Mad Enema

  • Jan - 2011-12-11 15:11

    We all, fans and players, should boycott CSA until the scandal has been resolved and this scandalous Majola has been charged and dismissed. He is so arrogant and has no regret about his criminal actions.

  • Peter - 2011-12-11 15:17

    Here we have the classic case of the words of a gentleman juxtaposed with the utterances of a scoundrel. The pity is that the scoundrel is at the helm of a sporting code that was once the favourite of many South Africans. Now, those of us who contributed to the now plundered coffers of CSA would much rather spend our leisure time watching dung beetles go about their business. At least with the dung beetles their endeavours are honest and serve a purpose! There may be case for deploying an army of dung beetles at CSA offices. There would be a lot for them to do and in the process they may just roll the scoundrel into a ball of dung and roll him into oblivion!

  • comurray - 2011-12-11 15:47

    Come on you lot. Majola is only doing what the rest of the ANC government do best, from the president downwards. That is why after public outcry nothing is done about his filthy hands in the cookie jar.

  • Craig - 2011-12-11 16:37

    He is a dickhead, but the rumours have abounded for years that Bacher, Pamensky and Co also made merry whilst in SA cricket!!

      David - 2011-12-11 17:06

      Perhaps. But how many years did Bacher serve SA cricket, and serve it extremely well. Does a man not get a pension after years in a job? How long has Majola been in the job? And what has he done for cricket????

      Lynn - 2011-12-11 17:16

      Bacher could just have well murdered Hansie with his own hand as he fired him without full details. Hansie did nothing more than a whole pile of cricketers, but yet he was made a scapegoat by Bacher. Some people do not have balls. He must have know about corruption in cricket, but yet when Hansie admitted his faults, he took full advantage of this to make him a scapegoat. That is how he covered his own backside to take to limelight off himself...

      Kevin - 2011-12-11 20:38

      I'm sure Ali Bacher made very good money as the head of Cricket in SA. But he got things done and the sport thrived under his guidance. Nothing wrong with him drawing an excellent salary, etc for that. Majola has done nothing constructive for SA cricket. When did we ever hear of sponsors withdrawing from SA Cricket? There used to be a bunfight amongst sponsors to get the job. We shouldn't wait any longer - Majola must go and CSA needs to be cleaned up.

      Peter - 2011-12-11 22:09

      They have all made money out of it. Finally the chickens have come home to roost its about time

  • Epher - 2011-12-11 17:11

    At least the cricket supporters know where their money goes, as do the sponsors for that matter.

  • Craig - 2011-12-11 17:55

    Bacher threw Hansie under the bus. He would not think twice for Majola. Hope the wheel finally has turned for Bacher..... Some scant payback for Hansie.

      Fred - 2011-12-11 20:44

      Hansie was a lying cheating scumbag who hid behind his smile and corrupt christian morals. Ironic how people condemn other crooks but Hansie is good because he was a Christian and the devil made him do it.

      Phil - 2011-12-29 15:20

      Hansie deserved to be thrown under the bus, Nothing more to be said about that,

  • Cheryl - 2011-12-11 18:25

    'It is because of apartheid ' will b the next excuse....

  • George - 2011-12-11 18:48

    Stick to you sport, football and stay away from our sport that has had credibility until you came along. Theft has started and you are nothing than a F@cken THIEF. Piss off and go play in the traffic

  • Atholl - 2011-12-11 21:45

    This is like observing a Rugby Version ..... of Doc Craven ..vs... Louis Luyt ! The one was a pioneer and radical thinker who's vision is still harnessed by the Sprinkboks today. The other - a Radical Pioneer who 'thinked' his best thought to destroy what the Pioneer'd created. Louis ended up with a R10m Ballitto Mansion overlooking the sea. Doc's image still overlooks Newlands and Stellenbosch ... and lurks under the Springbok emblem - the view is priceless. Radical Pioneer Majola - gee - let him keep the money ! - take it and run 3.

      Peter - 2011-12-11 22:11

      Can anyone just tell me what is not corrupt in this country

  • braamc - 2011-12-12 06:42

    The issue is around your non declaring thieving bonus payments, see Bacher's payments what ever it is is documented and disclosed, unlike "the brothers" that just help themselves. No surprise in Majola's behavior, never "them" always somebody else. Would love to see you criminally charged. Filthy thieve

  • arnold.nel - 2011-12-12 07:57

    Gerald Majola needs to accept responsibility for his actions and stop being a school boy blaming everyone else and trying to deflect his shortcomings and failures as a cricket administrator. CSA should take this opportunity to clean up CSA and get rid of all those who have tried to mislead us the public iro the shenanigans that have taken place at CSA.

  • Dennis - 2011-12-12 08:57

    Gerald, when the ship shows signs of leaking, you as the CEO are the one who is supposed to find the leak and fix it NOT take everybody down INCLUDING YOUR SELF !!!

  • wendy.a.smith2 - 2011-12-12 09:49

    What I do not understand is --- if you are all for the "good of the country" and you all like to see the upliftment of the "previously downtrodden" - why are you pocketing all this money - I for one could do with just 10% of what you got! It would see me through my retirement which we are struggling with at the moment with the high interest rate........ but here you are all bickering about who knows what and who got what - just EARN your salary (like the plebs all do) & PAY YOUR TAXES & GO AND UPLIFT YOUR PEOPLE. You should all be ashamed of yourselves - while the country starves!!!!!! Everybody blaming everyone else! Gerald get out and earn your salary honestly! What is to become of cricket..... I do not even feel like watching it any more! Is it all about dishonesty?????? WAS

  • Jody - 2011-12-12 10:16

    Bacher u shielded Ntini , your sins are coming home to roost. Bacher not as clean as everyone thinks. The only credit he gets is that Sa cricket appeared to be heading in right direction under his leadership..........appeared!!!!!!!!!!!!!!.

  • William - 2011-12-12 11:08

    Passing the buck, and as usual everbody is guilty except him!!! What a loser!!!

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