Bacher called into CSA scandal

2012-01-11 18:45

Johannesburg - Former cricket bosses Ali Bacher and Norman Arendse will appear before the committee probing Cricket SA (CSA) and its bonus scandal, the sports ministry said on Wednesday.

Bacher, the former managing director of the previous United Cricket Board of SA, and Arendse, a former CSA president, will appear before the committee, which continues its hearings in Pretoria on Monday.

The sports ministry said CSA finance committee chairman John Bester would also appear.

A number of administrators and officials appeared before the committee, chaired by Judge Chris Nicholson, during two weeks last year, ending with CSA CEO Gerald Majola's testimony on December 9.

Majola claimed when he appeared before the inquiry that Bacher had taken a R5 million bonus after the 2003 Cricket World Cup, hosted by South Africa.

Bester was a member of the Khan commission which ultimately cleared Majola with a warning after an internal CSA inquiry last year.

The Nicholson inquiry was announced by Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula after auditing firm KPMG recommended that CSA's remuneration and travel allowance policy be reviewed.

A KPMG audit found that bonus payments had been kept secret from the federation's remuneration committee, and that Majola had breached the Companies Act on at least four occasions.


  • Sheda - 2012-01-11 19:54

    Bacher dropped Hansie and actively sought to destroy him. I have no time for Ali "The Snitch" Bacher

      Bill - 2012-01-11 19:57

      Hansie dropped South African and world cricket deep in the dwang, lied to Ali and the rest of us, and you are cross with Ali?????

      Gerald - 2012-01-12 06:49

      Bill remember the test at Centurion when SA batted first and then it rained for the second, third and fourth days. On the morning of the fifth day Hansie declared and England declared their first innings and Hansie declared SA'Ss second innings and England scored the runs on the last day to win the test.Ali Bacher said on TV that he had convinced both captains to do that "in the interest of cricket". I have spoken to the "bookie" involved in the Hansie saga and he confirmed that he made a lot of money from taking bets that there would be a result ior that England would have to bat out for a draw. After 3 days rain, come on how did he know unless he was told. How is that for spot fixing, the same offence that Hansie was convited of a couple of years later. Yes Dr Bacher admitted that he had persuaded both captains to turn a rained out test into a one dayer

      lew.james1 - 2012-01-12 09:10

      agree with you 100% - voiced my comment previously !!!!!

      Geoff - 2012-01-12 11:27

      What do you expect Hansie was a CROOK!!!

  • Barry - 2012-01-11 20:13

    The whole game is corrupt world wide. Its a tough thing to swallow I know.

      Jeffrey - 2012-01-11 20:34

      The game is most corrupt in Pakistan, I wouldn't expect anything better from them.

      Gunner - 2012-01-12 07:22

      Now jefff...don't let out those tendancies????

  • Kevin - 2012-01-12 07:47

    the wheel turns Ali Bacher burnt Hansie at the stake now lets see whats in his in his cupboard taking money from a bookie or having luch with a sponser a bribe is a bribe

      comurray - 2012-01-12 08:23

      Kevin, I am convinced that the so called great Ali Bacher was also involved in the match fixing scadle along with Hansie, however Hansie took the wrap and left all those involved appearantly "squeakie clean" to carry on with money making rackets.

  • abrhamtwaksak - 2012-01-12 11:30

    ali bachar also burned the transvaalse platteland cricket week even after the fact that all their teams were represented by all races. bacher's only concern ever was to make money and to arse-creep the new rulers of south africa. i hope the judge can spot a forked tongue.

  • Michele - 2012-01-12 12:04

    Bacher did get R5 million out of the UCB as a pension when he retired ( they did not have any sort of a pension in place for his more than 20 years of service ). It was all above aboard, the media and public were informed about it at the time. Majola is trying to deflect the attention away from his own troubles.oldest trick in the book and when you look at the comments submitted by fellow users here you will see that he has been quite successful

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