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Nothing 'corrupt at Cricket SA'

2011-12-01 18:25

Pretoria - Former Cricket SA chief operations officer Don McIntosh said on Thursday he did not feel it necessary to clear a bonus payment with the CSA remuneration committee (Remco).

"If you are doing something illegal it is very relevant, but there was nothing illegal, corrupt or dishonest occurring here," McIntosh told a commission of inquiry into CSA‘s affairs in Pretoria.

Judge Chris Nicholson, who heads the inquiry, questioned McIntosh extensively about the R1.47 million portion he received in bonuses paid to CSA staff for the successful running of the Indian Premier League and the ICC Champions Trophy.

McIntosh had not disclosed the bonus to Remco while he negotiated a performance bonus of a similar amount.

His appearance lasted about two-and-a-half hours.

In his submission, he justified the non-disclosure by shifting the responsibility to CSA CEO Gerald Majola, who received a R1.7 million bonus.

"I deal with Gerald as my superior from a performance bonus point of view, from an event bonus point of view, and in terms of disclosure I disclosed everything to Gerald," McIntosh said.

He had not met with Remco in order to evaluate his performance.

"The bonuses to my mind were authorised by my CEO, as simple as that," McIntosh said.

"In terms of feeling that I should have disclosed it to Remco, with respect, I was never given the opportunity to discuss either event bonuses or even my own normal performance bonuses with Remco."

McIntosh said the procedures and policies surrounding Remco were not clear.

"Remco, in the last year, somehow made themselves into this all seeing, all knowing eye that it was clear that everything should go to Remco.

"In my submission, I've listed at least 20 examples of what could be argued could go to Remco, but never went to Remco, it went to the president.

"It was fairly inconsistent what went where with Gerald, and obviously I took it to Gerald."

Former Gauteng Cricket Board (GCB) president Barry Skjoldhammer, also presenting evidence, said the provincial union felt that CSA, in signing a contract to host the IPL, had removed some of its rights to the Wanderers Stadium.

The GCB clashed with CSA over the IPL tournament, and after a long, public battle, the provincial union’s board was eventually restructured, with Skjoldhammer ousted from his post.

"We said, 'show us the contract so that we can say where we can make a noise and where not'," Skjoldhammer said.

"In fact, what they did was give away rights to suites, parking and many other things that we had agreements owed.

"We first viewed the heads of agreement three months after the IPL finally closed in South Africa and that was only because we kept putting pressure on."

"All we were concerned about was making sure that, in future, hosting agreements were adhered to before we conceded or agreed to allow our stadium to be used in the way it was during the IPL," he said.

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Comments
  • Spyker - 2011-12-01 18:33

    I love the dictionary of "AFRICAN ENGLISH". Eg the word "corrupt ", means the diametric opposite, the moment you cross over the waters into Africa...

  • Fred - 2011-12-01 18:34

    If I helped myself to millions in bonuses I would also say that.

  • braamc - 2011-12-01 19:24

    Go to jail you corrupt thieve. In contravention of the Company's act to start off.

      Jacqueline - 2011-12-02 10:23

      BraamC, do not speak of things you do not know, and this goes for every idiot who liked your stupid comment.

  • Larry - 2011-12-01 19:37

    He keeps telling himself there was no corruption and he may eventually believe it, but he must not think that others will believe a word that comes from CSA.

  • wayne.lioncachet - 2011-12-01 20:34

    If nobody will pat you on the back, do it yourself with a nice bonus with money that could go to development of the game!

  • Polotic - 2011-12-01 21:05

    Tell us another one! Anything to do with financial reward needs to be cleared with the remuneration committee! Get a life!

  • johannes.p.bezuidenhout1 - 2011-12-01 21:20

    jail the lot of them and obtained the services of a recently retired player as President of CSA.

  • Jay - 2011-12-01 23:43

    Dear CSA Enquiry Commission - Judge Nicholson, Every CENT of Funds that CSA received from the IPL belongs to the South African Cricket and it's Structures. NOT TO ANY CSA Employee OR CROOKED CSA Executive. Recover EVERY CENT, and appropriate these funds to the Cricket Development of SA. Those THIEVES that cannot or WILL NOT pay, must be liquidated and jailed. Beware of the "ARTICULATE INCOMPETENT EXECUTIVES" at CSA who have all STOLEN for personal gain. I REST MY CASE.

  • trompie1 - 2011-12-02 00:11

    The sickest of the sick in a very sick society....."Schizophrenia is a complex mental disorder that makes it difficult to: Tell the difference between real and unreal experiences; Think logically; Have normal emotional responses, Behave normally in social situations No one is sure what causes schizophrenia, but your genetic makeup and brain chemistry probably play a role." NO DOCTOR is it not MONEY that lies round to be appropriated and if get caught u get just bit confused... or let's call it just plain crookery, thieves or persons inclined to appropriate others money .....

  • Claude - 2011-12-02 06:06

    Hopefully the Law will determine the legality of what these greedy people did but it is certainly immoral and shows a lack of any ethical standards. It also shows poor judgement and the fact that they have firstly tried to keep it secret and then to hide it and now to justify it is at least in my view criminal. Do we want people like this running Cricket -- I don't think so.

      Beth - 2011-12-02 09:06

      Unfortunately for the many law-abiding citizens of this country, the chances of "the law" determining the legality of what these greedy people have done, as with most of the corruption by the "powers that be" in this country, will be at best a slap on the wrist. The state of South African sport in general is bleak, not only for the avid South African supporters of our various teams, but our the reputation of our country and its people continues to be besmirched all over the world. When our sportsmen and women do not deliver on what is expected of them they are 'dropped', but our administrators and selectors can clearly be left to their own devices and pilfer, lie and pass the buck continuously. Personally, until such time as the Sporting Bodies of this country, in particular CSA - as I've been an avid cricket supporter for decades, I will not contribute in any way whatsoever to their coffers. So, when the likes of Gerald Majola is wondering why the Wanderers, Newslands, SuperSport Park, etc. are not filled to capacity or being supported, someone will need to gently remind him that the supporters of this country are no longer going to contribute to his personal wealth.

  • Craig - 2011-12-06 12:10

    LOL Jacqueline you tell him :}

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