CSA meeting was 'laughable'

2011-11-28 18:43

Pretoria - Cricket SA chief executive Gerald Majola determined his own sanction at a board meeting earlier this year, CSA legal and governance committee head Ajay Sooklal told a committee of inquiry on Monday.

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Sooklal described the proceedings at a CSA board meeting in Port Elizabeth in October as farcical, where Majola was to be sanctioned for his part in a bonus scandal.

"After the discussion by the board over what the sanction should be, a farcical situation arose when the board mandated four board members and I to deliberate with Mr Majola, his legal counsel and his lawyer as to whether the sanction was appropriate as to what the board was considering."

Sooklal said he left the meeting in protest because he thought it was laughable to have an informal disciplinary inquiry and then ask the employee whether he was satisfied with the sanction.

He said he suggested to acting CSA president AK Khan that Majola should be persuaded to return a R1.7 million bonus for hosting the Indian Premier League as it had brought instability to the organisation.

Majola agreed to return the bonus, Sooklal said, but returned later with Ray Mali and another board member to inform Sooklal that he had changed his mind.

"Mr Mali was resolute that there was a board meeting in December 2010 when the board, after considering the Khan report, had decided to return the bonus to Mr Majola," Sooklal said.

"As such, there was a board resolution to that effect and Mr Mali was resolute that Mr Majola should not return the bonus.

"Mr Majola then chipped in and said he did not have the money to return such a bonus."

Sooklal said he suggested that Majola return the money with the hope that it would bring an end to the instability it had caused the organisation, keeping sponsors away from the sport.

He said the coach of the national cricket team wanted his salary to be top secret and Majola said only the chairman and the chair of the audit committee would have knowledge of the agreement between CSA and the coach.

"In respect of the issues around corporate governance, one is calling for a forensic audit in respect of the entire administration of CSA," Sooklal suggested to the committee, which is chaired by Judge Chris Nicholson.

"One needs to look at drafting a new constitution in the way cricket should be run."

Sooklal criticised Khan, saying that as long as he was a steward of CSA there would be no disciplinary inquiry.

"The majority of those board members, as far as they're concerned what occurred on October 19 in Port Elizabeth, that is the be all and end all in respect of the sanction to be imposed on Mr Majola," Sooklal said.

He suggested that cricket be placed under administration in a similar manner to Athletics SA, which was suspended for a period by the SA Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee in 2010.


  • Irene - 2011-11-28 18:55

    Ray Mali, now there's another skelm .....

      Dirk - 2011-11-29 08:30

      He changed his mind after offering Mali a cut

  • Joe - 2011-11-28 19:01

    If you think CSA is corrupt you must know what is and has been happening in SOCCER ...wil make CSA look small..............

      Pieter - 2011-11-28 19:15

      Don't foget about SA Boxing

      mpumi.mbaxa - 2011-11-29 07:53

      Moss is Dumb

  • J.D. - 2011-11-28 19:18

    no respectably man will ever step forward to lead this country. it is an embarrassment at all levels. we will fotever be saddled with corrupt thieves,

      Lynn - 2011-11-28 21:05

      What is fotever??

      Steve - 2011-11-28 21:21

      Don't be a chop @Lynn - it's obviously a typo... DOH!

      Michael - 2011-11-28 21:23

      LMAO @Steve - funny stuff dude!

      Brian - 2011-11-29 07:46

      Lynn. Fotever is almost like foRever just much longer!

      mpumi.mbaxa - 2011-11-29 07:54

      hahahahahah what is Fotever hahahahahahahaha

  • Terence - 2011-11-28 19:32

    Majola is an absolute idiot i will only be to glad to see him disgraced and sent off to sleep with the rest of his croneys. totallysad to see what he has done to the state of Cricket South Africa

  • Terence - 2011-11-28 19:34

    what a shambles, majola is a prick and has far to often been let off the hook, heneeds to be sent pack with his croneys and should remain in cricket obscurity F)^%&ing twaat is alli can say

  • Chris - 2011-11-28 19:48

    These are the' holier than though" members of cricket SA together with there predecessors who dared to find Hansie Cronje guilty.Is'nt it a pity on on the rulers of the so-called gentlemen's game.I think a full forensic audit should be called on current as well as previous administrators of the game.Especially the regime who decided to make an example of Hansie to hide their own mismanagement schemes.

      Steenbra - 2011-11-28 20:02

      Chris , finding Hansie guilty isnt as if he wasnt tainted. One was on the field that hansie acknowleged and finding him guilty was correct..and one off the field. Gerald needs to pay back the money and all those guilty of collusion with Gerald also needs to pay back the money including that 'reporter/journo' whatever her name is that also received money and should be appropriately punished. First lets wait for the outcome and it doesnt look good for the board and Gerald as well as Nyoka as he was ultimately the man in charge. For appropriate punishement never to involved in sport any level or anything connected to sport.

      Fred - 2011-11-28 20:03

      Ag nee. Hansie, hiding behind his Christian morals and dazzling smile, was a cheap fraudster and crook who cheated on his team mates and his countrymen,

      Brent - 2011-11-28 20:47

      Hansie was never found gulity in a court of law , Not enough evidence to convict him.

      Lynn - 2011-11-28 21:03

      Ali Bacher had a lot to do with taking Hansie down. Hansie took the `can' to cover for a hell of a lot that was happening and had already happened in cricket circles all around the world. Need some names???

      Fred - 2011-11-28 21:06

      He made bloody sure he never returned to India otherwise he would still be alive and rotting in an Indian jail. What is with you Xians? You claim superior morality but it is pure hypocrisy. Hansie had the morals of a whore, selling himself to whoever waved money in his greedy smiling face. He sold South Afica down the river even deliberately throwing away the World Cup ( remember losing to Zimbabwe) for mammon. A true traitor and scumbag hanging around with ex-bouncer preacherman McCauley (divorce is a sin until you want a new poppie).

  • Madulla - 2011-11-28 20:20

    Majola has gone and done it AGAIN! From the sublime to the ridiculous, to the surreal. Majola should create his own comic strip or become a comedian. "Majola agreed to return the bonus" and "Majola then chipped in and said he did not have the money to return such a bonus". This is the stuff of comedic fairy tales! What is truly astounding is that the majority of the board members accepted Majola, the multimillionaire' s, plea for poverty!! "Majola said only the chairman and the chair of the audit committee would have knowledge of the agreement", of the salary of the national coach. This is cloak and dagger stuff. Zapiro hit the nail on the head here - I hope that Majola prepares well for his debut performance before Judge Nicholson on 6 December. Majola won't be wearing a helmet, neither pads or gloves, bat or box. The wicket will be of a type that he's never seen before - sticky wet and dangerous, unfavourable and uneven bounce, fast through the air with the assurance that there will be no time to duck or dive. Good luck, Majola. I think you're better off declaring! All your ill-gotten gains that is!

  • Madulla - 2011-11-28 20:40

    Majola is making the late great, Hansie look like an angel. At least Hansie's admitted to his crime, which the Australians never did!! Majola is pleading ignorance of company policy as an excuse for going to jail for fraud.

      Peter - 2011-11-28 22:50

      What sort of a moron are you, why do you fools always have to bring the Aussies into it, just because we always get caught, and other teams are not as stupid as south africans, who were born to steal rob rape and murder as a sport in this country, just like another day at the office?????

  • Brent - 2011-11-28 20:44

    Been a joke since 2003 when 4 million was misappropriated by the accountant and covered up, (Diteka if my memory serves me well) nothing new here, CSA has killed many ambitions due to self greed. A good clean out is needed.

  • Bokfan - 2011-11-28 21:54

    Sport is the continuation of corrupt politics by other means.

  • Peter - 2011-11-28 22:43

    Sack the lot of these thieves and start afresh. Charge them all and make a spectical of them in front of the world and give them jail sentences and not let them walk away with golden handshakes as It always happens in South Africa. nail these bastards to the nearest wall, for once have some guts to make a stand against these theives

  • Steven - 2011-11-29 06:59

    Jews are often referred to as crooks, yet when Dr Ali Bacher and Joe Pamenski ran criket in South Africa, none of these shenanigans happened. Unfortunately, having money lying around on a table is too tempting for some people and greed takes over from dedication from doing a job to the best of their abilities. - 2011-11-29 12:34

      I think Bacher's main 'crime' was that he did not act on the Hansie rumours. There were lots of Hansie allegations that he would have heard and he did not investigate sufficiently. Why? Don't know, probably because like me he may have thought that Hansie would never have been guilty of such crookery. Boy were we wrong. So Bacher was probably guilty of being asleep at the wheel

  • mpumi.mbaxa - 2011-11-29 07:56

    Everyone is capable of being corrupt...Majola just gives black people a bad name.

      Mike - 2011-11-29 15:14

      Quite right Mpumi Too many South Africans like to put people in boxes based on religion, race, language etc. We are all people and you get good people and bad people.

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