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Majola 'should have declared'

2012-01-16 14:23

Johannesburg - Cricket SA CEO Gerald Majola should have fully cleared bonus payments through the relevant channels, CSA finance committee chairperson John Bester said on Monday.

"My feeling is that sort of thing should have been put before the remuneration committee," Bester told a ministerial inquiry into cricket.

He served on the Khan commission, which cleared Majola last year, giving him a warning after an internal inquiry into R4.7 million in bonuses paid to CSA staff in 2009.

Bester told the inquiry, chaired by Judge Chris Nicholson, that the Khan commission had been necessary.

"The way you conduct an investigation of this nature is internal first, then external," he said.

"If issues arose beyond the confines of the internal investigation, an external committee would then become relevant."

A KPMG audit later found that Majola had breached the Companies Act on at least four occasions, but Bester denied that the Khan commission had covered up anything.

"I wasn't there to protect. I was there to investigate," he said.

Former United Cricket Board of SA managing director Ali Bacher was scheduled to appear before the inquiry later on Monday.

Bacher was expected to explain an alleged payment of R5 million in bonuses he received, according to Majola, after the 2003 Cricket World Cup.

The Nicholson inquiry adjourned for six weeks in December and resumed on Monday morning.

Former CSA president Norman Arendse was expected to appear before the inquiry on Tuesday.

Arendse was the last person included in the latest schedule for verbal submissions, but the sports ministry said more people could be added to the list.

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Comments
  • Daniel - 2012-01-16 14:59

    I wonder why Gerald hasn't resigned already. In most countries he would have long gone. But hey, we are in South AFRICA, logic is premium in these shores!

      Michele - 2012-01-16 15:02

      Don't be daft, only men with honour resign. This bugger wants to be fired or given a golden handshake. As long as he is there we won't know exactly how much he and his cronies have been pilfering away over the years.

      Deon - 2012-01-16 15:49

      He will only resign when he get a golden handshake, unless he gets fired by the minister. We need him gone.

  • kleurlingaksie - 2012-01-16 15:41

    Vir wat gaan julle nou angaan oor die paar sentjies,die tax-payer het nog baie wat ons gaan steel en verdoesel.Dit is ons tyd en die anc gee ons die reg om te steel,hens die 'geheime bill' en wat kan julle jan publiek maak wat vir ons die anc stem,niks. So hou julle monde,dit is apartheid se skuld,...

  • Beth - 2012-01-16 16:09

    You think! The man should have been fired, been made to make a public apology, and made to pay back this money. Why are CSA and whoever the powers that be allowing this to drag on and on ad nauseum? No wonder cricket worldwide is in the sorry state it is. The ICC who are the ones that should be leading by example - they too should have a shake-up. Perhaps if the likes of Majola was fired, just like he should be, it would send a message that the cricketing fraternity in this country will not accept corruption, in any form. Just like they did with the late Hansie Cronje.

  • adrien.mcguire - 2012-01-17 07:16

    Majola must go. No golden handshakes Recover the unauthorised bonuses SARS must check to see if it was declared Criminal procedures must be implemented, taking money without authorisation is theft.

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