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Majola questions judge's report

2012-03-14 17:40

Johannesburg - Cricket SA chief executive Gerald Majola is said to have questioned the impartiality of retired Judge Chris Nicholson.

Dennis Cruywagen, who calls himself a close associate of the CEO, said in a statement on Wednesday that Majola suspected "he was a victim of a hatchet job".

There was also concern over the credibility of Nicholson's findings.

"His [Majola] legal adviser has already picked some inconsistencies in the report," Cruywagen said.

This followed a scathing report released by the ministerial inquiry, headed by Nicholson, into the CSA's ongoing bonus scandal.

Cruywagen said Majola's legal adviser Max Boqwana contended that Nicholson had relied on the conjectures and prejudices of people who had left cricket administration years ago.

"He [Nicholson] had ignored Gerald Majola's submission because he had seemingly made up his mind that Majola was guilty... [and] also ignored all CSA's submissions," said Cruywagen.

Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula appointed the Nicholson inquiry in November to investigate CSA's failure to implement recommendations by auditing firm KPMG.

KPMG found that bonus payments of R4.5 million to Majola, former CSA chief operating officer Don McIntosh, and other employees, had been kept secret from the federation's remuneration committee. Majola was found to have breached the Companies Act at least four times.

The committee received written and oral submissions from current and former CSA staff and the public over three months. It adjourned at the end of January to compile its report.

One of the recommendations made by the Nicholson inquiry committee last week was that the CSA board suspend Majola pending a disciplinary inquiry.

Cruywagen said Majola would ask for a three-month leave of absence at a management committee meeting later on Wednesday.

"[This was] so that he can prepare himself to defend his integrity, reputation, and career," Cruywagen said.

He said it would be almost impossible for CSA, which had acquitted Majola, to now call him to a disciplinary hearing.

"To be fair to Majola it's conceivable that the CSA board must disband and a new one elected if Majola is to be assured of a fair hearing. How can the same people who'd acquitted him now be expected to try him again? This is illogical," Cruywagen said.

There would be a severe crisis if CSA implemented this part of Nicholson's recommendation, he said.

"Majola has been hurt and angered by Judge Nicholson's imputation that there had been criminal intent on his part. Judge Nicholson gave no evidence to back this up." Cruywagen said Nicholson had ignored earlier reports by both KPMG and Deloitte & Touche.

"If this eminent company found no wrong-doing, the judge should have taken cognisance of their findings and not ignored it," he said.

In Nicholson's report he recommended that the SA Revenue Service (SARS) be approached and asked to examine the Section 21 status of CSA, and ascertain whether CSA was complying with the tax exempt status conditions established. A Section 21 company is non profit-making.

Cruywagen said SARS had done an audit which covered the tax years between 2006 and 2011, and gave the findings to CSA.

"There was no adverse finding on CSA's legal status as a taxable Section 21 company," he said.

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Comments
  • John - 2012-03-14 17:57

    For f*$ks sakes ..... Gerald, you've been caught with you fingers in the cookie jar ..... be a man, do us all a favour and resign!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Helmut - 2012-03-14 21:02

      Better still - jump from the Carlton Centre!

  • Anthony - 2012-03-14 18:01

    nothing majola says can ever be believed again ---of course he would say this --typical 'shoot the messenger strategy'--scum bag ---he should not be allowed to lick nicholsons boots--let alone descredit him

  • Stirer - 2012-03-14 18:10

    Of course CSA is non profit-making. Someone is pocketing all the revenue.

  • Deon - 2012-03-14 18:29

    So , you're an inconsistent crook !!! Only a technicality , don't worry ! What can we say ..........except that your so-called illegal bonus could have bought thousands of sets of cricket kit for disadvantaged kiddies , scumbag !!!!

  • flysouth - 2012-03-14 18:36

    Really, I cannot be bothered to read the claims of this scum - as usual with all ANC people he starts to point fingers in all directions! Next he will probably pull out the race card. Is there nobody who can deal with such parasites and remove them from our lives?

  • tuckytatham - 2012-03-14 18:39

    In an external audit Majola was found to have payed himself bonuses of R4.5 million! Judge Nicholson is one of the highest rated in the country and he has the audacity to try and discredit him? Who does he and his legal team think they are. As far as I am concerned an appeal will further tarnish his already incinerated reputation. Good riddance I say.

  • Winifred - 2012-03-14 18:52

    What part of the judge's findings did he not understand. It was made clear to all Majola after helping yourself its time to go. Why cant any of these cheaters just take a dignified walk, but no, they still want to try and convince us they are correct and the system is wrong. Sponsors please withold your sponsorship until all this corrupt board is told to go. Then maybe the game of cricket can go forward again.

  • Winston - 2012-03-14 18:53

    here's a thought for all of you contributing on this website. What is a judge worth these days???? when will all you poeople realise we living in a lawless kant - ry. time to wakee wakee

      tuckytatham - 2012-03-14 21:32

      One of the more brain dead comments I've seen on a discussion board.

  • Graeme - 2012-03-14 19:17

    Where does this Cruywagen pop out of? What is his claim to fame? Majola move on now from cricket and go and destroy another Non Profit Organisation!!!

  • Graeme - 2012-03-14 19:19

    What is this Cruywagen's claim to fame? Where does he fit in in SA Cricket? Majola move on and go and milk and destroy another Non Profit Organisation

  • brettcch - 2012-03-14 19:23

    Dear Gerald, here's a tip (use it, don't use it, do whatever your criminal mind compels you to do): say you are sorry, pay the money back (if jail doesn't excite you), and slink off back into the underworld.

  • Dan - 2012-03-14 20:02

    Majola, we didn't need a judge to tell us that you are corrupt. We knew that without this expensive commission of inquiry!

  • Malcolm - 2012-03-14 20:06

    In any other country he'd have resigned, quietly packed his bags and ridden into the sunset but..............this is South Africa, haven to thieves! Cricket will be the only loser as sponsors, rather that Majola, call it a day "due to bad light".

  • eben.ferreira1 - 2012-03-14 20:51

    Why does this man not just walk off into the sunset

  • Arthur - 2012-03-14 21:46

    This joker wilI (quite stupidly) start a fight to keep his job because he is unemployable anywhere else. He should not have had the job in the first place. His skin is as thick as a rhino's and any challenge will merely turn more of the spotlight on him. His ill-gotten gains should be grabbed before being wasted on futile attempts to restore his 'good name'. Eejit!

  • Christo - 2012-03-14 21:50

    Wie is Cruywagen en waarom moet enige regdenkende mens na sy "mening" kan mens dit 'n mening noem? luister. Jaga hom saam met Majola en Khan terug na waar hulle vandaan kom....

  • nick.snr - 2012-03-14 22:47

    Dress and act like gentlemen , but just a common thief must be charged with the rest of the hooligans.

  • chiepner - 2012-03-15 13:24

    LOL - no he has questions about impartiality - but when Mr Majola appointed his own little puppet internal commission he had no such questions? Majola you need to go. This is not a "hack" job as you so avidly try to punt it. When CSA dismissed one of its members so many months ago for not supporting the bonus saga - that was a "hatched" job. Time to move on, but rest assured there is still some sporting codes that welcomes crooked administrators such as yourself - why not apply for a job at SAFA?

  • nhla.prv - 2012-03-15 22:44

    Majola caught but standing firm........waiting for the 3rd Umpire decision..

  • Vic - 2012-03-16 14:13

    This idiot fool Majola, with his "mate" Cruywagen (whoever he is), just doesn't know when enough is enough.!! Quite unbelievable, when it's NOT only the Judge who has found him guilty, but the forensic reports by KPMG etc previously did so.! The CSA board, with lots of talk & "persuasion" from Majola buckled like the weaklings they are & backtracked. Of course they're also responsible for the BIG debacle in cricket in SA, making us the laughing stocks of the world. No matter how bad, how much of a crook you're shown to be, you just keep blaming everyone else, but NEVER yourself.!!! Amazing how they can continue to basically say the whole world is wrong & they are right.!!! The scumbag thief, MUST be fired & NOT put on paid leave, whilst the matter is further investigated. DAMN disgrace this whole thing has become.! Now Majola is getting sick & finding that he is developing a deadly disease or something like that, ala Shaik & Selebi,??!! SA is definitely the place for all the thieves, crooks, fraudsters & scumbags of the world, to be.!!!

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