Bacher set to face the music

2012-01-15 17:46

Johannesburg - Former SA cricket chief Ali Bacher is expected to explain the alleged payment of R5 million in bonuses when the Sports Ministry's inquiry into cricket resumes in Pretoria on Tuesday.

Cricket SA (CSA) CEO Gerald Majola pointed fingers at Bacher in December, telling the committee that the former United Cricket Board general manager had pocketed R5 million after the 2003 Cricket World Cup, which was hosted by South Africa.

Bacher accepted a request from the committee, chaired by Judge Chris Nicholson, to give a verbal statement and he will face the inquiry on Monday afternoon.

John Bester, the CSA finance committee chairman, is scheduled to appear in the morning, and Norman Arendse, a former CSA president, will give his verbal submission on Tuesday.

The Sports Ministry said "more days and witnesses" could be added to the schedule.

The committee received over 30 written submissions and interviewed 20 or more witnesses last year.

Nicholson said after the inquiry adjourned in December, for six weeks, that the committee would analyse the evidence, which included over 5000 pages of written documents.

After further submissions this week, a final report would be handed to Sport and Recreation Minister Fikile Mbalula by the end of February.

Mbalula was not obliged to accept the committee's recommendations.

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

A KPMG audit found that bonus payments to staff had not been fully declared to the federation's remuneration committee, and that Majola had breached the Companies Act on at least four occasions.


  • Shaun - 2012-01-15 18:06

    Jees corrupt to the core. No wonder you find players accepting bribes to throw matches when their administrators are allowed to pay themselves bonuses when ever they choose.

      Squeegee - 2012-01-15 18:36

      CSA, FIFA, etc. In it for the money! Save our sport!

      Barry - 2012-01-15 18:52

      Jacki Bacher seems appropriate

      Sheda - 2012-01-15 20:11

      Burn Baby Burn. You made Hansie suffer now it is your turn.......

  • Ian - 2012-01-15 18:19

    so long as they keep the players out of there mess, csa its your bed you sleep in it, we demand a clean board, come right and stop this obsession with money

  • Irene - 2012-01-15 18:36

    Saw an article in Sunday Times today. Five officials flew Business Class, while the only athlete and his coach flew economy!! Who was going to compete, and who needed the pampering ?? Officials obviously, to get their fat bellies to the breakfast/lunch/dinner spread !!! I loved my cricket, went to England in "99. But no more attendence from me, at any game. Will not pay to watch to feed any more fat cats getting rich on my hard earned money.

      Ian - 2012-01-15 19:02

      I hear you Irene, have to feed the fat cats at no choice to get my cricket though, cant do without it

      Thomas - 2012-01-15 21:51

      Ali Bacher and his forty thieves!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Barry - 2012-01-15 19:18

    I think we will find the whole sport of cricket is corrupt.

  • Francois - 2012-01-15 20:06

    The same Ali Bacher that was so keen to see Hansie expelled for life?

      Hugh - 2012-01-16 07:53

      AAAh but Alibaba thought he was entitled and will not admit guilt. In fact become quite annoyed that he has been asked to validate. Hansie on the other hand came as clean as he could and took all the blame even when others as it turns out are rotten to the core. It is rather strange how in this country those who are theives in their own right are quick to tramp on others to hide their guilt. Like closet racists of this country see racism - example Dawood - in innocent comment . Immediately jump up and down pointing fingers when in truth they too are racists and prove this by seeking error at every turn.

      Graham - 2012-01-16 08:15

      And the reality is that they knew about the bookmakers. Should Ali not have warned the new players (Gibbs etc) about the possibility of being approached. Maybe not if you are getting a slice of the pie!?

  • Terence - 2012-01-15 21:17

    I hope that Ali Bacher comes out of this with his reputation intact.(He at least played for his Country & served it well). Majola has, as per usual, taken the easy way out by fingering a "whitey" who was in power before him, despite this having absolutely nothing to do with the current problems. Yet another variation of the "when in doubt blame apartheid" syndrome!

      Dawood - 2012-01-15 23:33

      terence, u racist prick..all corrupt dicks,including bacher must be burned..u'r profile picture shows the redneck racist u are..

  • Leendert - 2012-01-15 22:49

    I haven't followed this, but it seems to be in the same vein as the World Cup (think Jordaan) where somehow, contractually, the people being paid to pull in a tournament were granted huge payouts for succeeding. A bit like my plumber getting an extra €20.000 when my toilet is still unblokced 2 days later...

  • Kenjaymay - 2012-01-15 23:32

    If Ali Bacher had balls he would have been a man!

  • Shannon-lea - 2012-01-16 06:36

    Nail him like he nailed Hansie. What a hypocrite???

      Phil - 2012-01-16 06:45

      I thought Hansie nailed himself by taking bribes ....not so ?

  • Barry - 2012-01-16 08:36

    Sheda - WELL SAID !!!!

  • comurray - 2012-01-16 09:11

    Mr Gricket himself no having to explain all his bonuses for doing absolutely nothing for SA cricket.

  • Tyrone - 2012-01-16 10:40

    Make a "example" of him as this idiot done with Hansie. What a hypocrite

  • Deon - 2012-01-16 14:26

    Clear it up as soon as possible by letting Majoa go. This is after all a "not for gain" company.

  • adrien.mcguire - 2012-01-17 07:31

    I feel strongly about the issue of bonuses. If the job descriptions are correctly written, there should be no place for exhorbitant bonuses, especially in sports administration. There should be no need to pay excessive bonuses to officials for simply doing their jobs. Every executive should be incentivised to some degree, but the excesses are sickening. I look at the bonuses paid to the soccer officials after signing the Supersport TV deal and want to puke.They were just doing their jobs for which they were already being compensated. There is a dire need in this country for sports development, but weigh up the size of the bonuses compared to the amount spent on development. I think you will find it is out of kilter. One becomes a sports administrator because of the love of the sport, not to enrich yourself. They should be well compensated but not enriched to the point of greed and embarassment.

  • jeff.gaitskill - 2012-01-18 13:23

    amazing how the wheel turns - Bacher turned his back on Hansie and was the first one to crucify him as a cheat. bonus or bribe ..... call it what you want.....bacher is just as guilty and should face the same music....i bet Hansie is laughing now!!

  • maniespoelstra - 2012-01-21 19:04

    Always wondered about those funny team choices when Ali was in charge. Pals who can play the Bacher-game!

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