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Mbalula hits back at Majola

2012-10-11 15:03

Johannesburg - Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula hit back at suspended Cricket South Africa (CSA) CEO Gerald Majola on Thursday for calling him an apartheid-style minister.

"It was preposterous in the extreme and must be dismissed with the contempt it deserves," Mbalula said in a statement.

"He now resorts to childish name-calling when all options open to Mr Majola, to avoid the disciplinary process, have been closed. We expect better from him but see his desperation."

Majola reportedly likened Mbalula to apartheid prime minister John Vorster in Johannesburg on Wednesday after he withdrew from his CSA disciplinary hearing.

He said: "The minister overstepped his mark by interfering and he must be brought to book. This is like BJ Vorster who refused Basil d'Oliveira to play against South Africa for his adopted England."

Majola claimed the process that led to his hearing was illegal and went against International Cricket Council (ICC) regulations concerning government interference in the sport.

He was referring to the independent inquiry into CSA's long-running bonus scandal, headed by retired judge Chris Nicholson and commissioned by the sports minister.

The Nicholson committee recommended Majola be suspended to allow him to defend his involvement in the unauthorised bonuses paid to himself and other CSA staff members in 2009.

Mbalula dismissed Majola's allegations that he did not have the power to appoint the independent committee. He said its subsequent findings had proven his intervention had been correct.

"We want to place on record that we stand by our decision to intervene in Cricket SA when we received alleged reports of mismanagement, fraud and dereliction of duty," Mbalula said.

"This was the findings of an independent inquiry which was widely welcomed by sport stakeholders, which include sponsors and the business sector, Sascoc and Cricket SA."

The government's intervention was in line with the South African Sport and Recreation Act and Treasury regulations.

Mbalula said ICC regulations state that a government may investigate the affairs of a member board.

"The ICC governance review committee stated that in such a case it would be viewed as accountability and not interference."

The findings and recommendations of the Nicholson inquiry were given to CSA to examine and "plot their own way forward" without any further involvement from the department.

"Mr Majola must subject himself to the open and fair disciplinary processes underway and prove his innocence to the charges against him," Mbalula said.

"Anything else will forever leave unanswered questions hanging and confirm the current perceptions about him."

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Comments
  • daleinn - 2012-10-11 15:30

    Majola must be very powerful to make that statement..or further tarnishing his name

  • peter.ndamase - 2012-10-11 15:34

    Majola is finished! no possibility of deployment. He must ask Pikoli.

  • thabo.malose.31 - 2012-10-11 15:36

    Majola stop himiliating yourself and accept your fate. U cant change guilty to innocent.

      kenpeg.dawson - 2012-10-12 14:23

      BS Derek Malema did it

  • SirFGrumpy - 2012-10-11 15:50

    Well done chap, that corrupt scum bag must serve time!

  • george.slade.161 - 2012-10-11 15:56

    Two Idiots Arguing --Fascinating !

      Onke Mdingi - 2012-10-11 16:14

      George, please look at the broader picture before commenting or you may 'over-step things'.

      rasthami.m1 - 2012-10-11 16:40

      George how old are you son ?! You must be in kindergarten or you must be in your earlly stages of adolescence,if I could ask from what angle did you draw a perception that minister mbalula is an idiot you wouldn't have any clue of an answer ,next time go play with the sand

      morne.linden - 2012-10-11 22:50

      George.slade is an idiot

      ayub.sayed.750 - 2012-10-12 07:34

      George I certainly hope that by "idiots" you dont mean black ........

  • jaco.groenewald.731 - 2012-10-11 16:10

    Daar is lewe op planeer SA Cricket!!!

  • khathu.rasi - 2012-10-11 16:15

    I support the minister, he doesnt tolerate nonsense in his department

  • simon.whittaker.923 - 2012-10-11 16:39

    Other than his unabashed support for the ever-corrupt Julius Malema, Fikile Mbalula has been a beacon of hope in the ANC elite for some time now. From his stated intent to root out the corrupt in sport to his belief that the top side in any sport should be selected on merit only to his unashamed passion for our rugby side pre last years RWC, he has shown moderation in approach and a style of true leadership sadly lacking in most of his cabinet colleagues. If only he could separate himself from Juju, I may even vote for him at an election for president in the future!! You go, Mr Mbalula......we support your just quest!!

      themba.thwala.98 - 2012-10-11 17:28

      I'm also surprised at how polished his mannerisms are becoming. The Fiks I knew would have vloeked Majola to eternity. Indeed there is some hope ...

      themba.thwala.98 - 2012-10-11 17:28

      I'm also surprised at how polished his mannerisms are becoming. The Fiks I knew would have vloeked Majola to eternity. Indeed there is some glimmer hope ...

  • Erna - 2012-10-11 17:46

    If you don't like the message don't shoot the messenger.

  • hendrik.schutte.3152 - 2012-10-11 18:09

    This Majola is very much like Malema, he just does not know when the "game is up". What reallu burns a hole in my bum is an interview david O'Sullivan did with him a while back when majola tried to convince listeners "how passionate" he is about the game. All he has ever been passionate about is lining his onw pocket. Not that he realises the cash cow has been culled, he is flaying around like a headless scorpion. Sink majola sink.

  • jim.dickson2 - 2012-10-11 19:03

    Two edged sword. Government can intervene and impose quotas as to who may play. That is fine. Sorry Mr. Majola, then they cannot be told not to intervene when fraud and mismanagement is suspected..............

  • gert.swart.393 - 2012-10-11 20:01

    Dis reg Fikile, moer hom!

  • peter.mokoena.31 - 2012-10-11 20:30

    If only everybody in government was sorting corruption in a manner Mbalula is, there would have been hope in Mzansi, but Eish!

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