Mbalula to assess CSA reply

2012-04-08 21:49
Fikile Mbalula (Gallo Images)

Johannesburg - Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula will consider this week whether Cricket SA (CSA) has taken appropriate action after a ministerial inquiry into its finances.

Mbalula's spokesperson, Paena Galane, said on Sunday the minister had met with CSA acting president Willie Basson, as the deadline loomed for the cricket body to respond to the inquiry committee's findings.

"The minister met with the acting CSA president last week. They were given a deadline of April 9," Galane said.

"We will respect that deadline, and the minister will then look at how CSA has responded to the Nicholson report as a whole. He will then apply his mind to their response."

The CSA board said last month it had accepted, in principle, the recommendations made by the inquiry, led by retired Judge Chris Nicholson.

The federation set up a steering committee, comprising board representatives as well as independent members, to lead discussions on the governance structures of CSA.

The board also assigned a group of people to deal with the cricket body's response to the Nicholson report.

A senior counsel was appointed to chair the disciplinary inquiry of suspended CSA chief executive Gerald Majola.

However, Basson said CSA may not follow one of the recommendations from the inquiry committee, which suggested it elect a smaller board with a majority of independent, professionally skilled, non-executive directors.

Basson said CSA would need to ensure it stuck to diversity and transformation principles in any restructuring process.

Majola was suspended after a lengthy bonus saga involving 40 members of CSA staff.

Bonuses amounting to R4.7 million were paid after the federation hosted the 2009 Indian Premier League, but the payments were not cleared by the board or the CSA remuneration committee.


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