CSA member claims R600 000

2012-02-07 09:39

Johannesburg - A Cricket South Africa board member has shocked his colleagues by claiming R600 000 from the organisation for, among other things, text messages and parking costs.

According to The New Age website, in an unexpected twist of events at Cricket South Africa (CSA), Ajay Sooklal has created a storm with his unprecedented claim, made in two separate invoices sent to CSA late last year.

Sooklal claims over R200 000 in the first invoice for “miscellaneous disbursements including faxes, text messages, telephone calls, emails, parking and tollgate fees” - for trips to meet clients in Port Elizabeth and at CSA offices.

In the second invoice, submitted in October, the legal and governance chairperson claims more than R400 000 for, among other services: “taking instructions, attending board meetings and press conferences”.

However, the less than impressed CSA’s compliance secretariat manager, Pume Canca, responded by saying: “The board would like you to explain why you charged professional fees in respect of matters set in your invoices, when the work was supposed to be done in your capacity as a member of the board’s legal and governance committee.”

Labour law specialist Sandile July left the door open for CSA and Sooklal to make successful arguments.

“If the work was done outside CSA’s time then a board member can bill the association but not if it was during time set aside for board meetings. Even then it first has to be pre-approved by the board,” said July.

Although Sooklal has also been asked to explain the critical submissions he made to the Judge Chris Nicholson inquiry, CSA spokesperson Michael Owen-Smith denied suggestions that Sooklal was being victimised.

“That is nonsense. We don’t victimise people. He is not the only board member who made submissions to the inquiry,” said Owen-Smith.

The CSA letter to Sooklal partly reads: “The board is alarmed at the contents of your submissions and require you to give a detailed explanation.”


  • Ben - 2012-02-07 09:52

    Yes dont we all want money. There is only one reliable manner: Work for it.

      Sean - 2012-02-07 13:46

      What a fat clown !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Bob - 2012-02-07 15:00

      Yeh he looks like a real dynamic bloke who could demand that sort of claim, NOT

  • Gavin - 2012-02-07 10:00

    The most shocking thing is, in the past he probably got paid for this...

  • daryltt - 2012-02-07 10:02

    "You victimise me! Everyone else steals so why can't I?"

      nicolene.scheepers3 - 2012-02-07 16:20

      If I could, I would 'like' your comment a million times!

  • Shannon - 2012-02-07 10:05


  • Paulus - 2012-02-07 10:07

    And he is the governance chairperson. Obviously has not bothered to educate himself about corporate governance.

  • Rob - 2012-02-07 10:14

    He was hoping he could also get a place in the feeding trough before the door was slammed shut. If the CEO could get away with it, he obviously thought he could give a try.

  • DuToitCoetzee - 2012-02-07 10:34

    I am claiming R 1000 000.00 for reading this corrupt Sh#t. It put strain on my eyes. Causing my forehead to frown more. Gave my heart a miss-beat. Pushed up my anger and overworked my laughing muscles afterwards. Not even talking of forcing me to humiliate myself by displaying my bad English on this site due to the burning need to make a comment. CSA, keep an eye on the post. My invoice, with bank details, is on it's way.

  • J.D. - 2012-02-07 10:49

    The mans face reveals a lot.

      Konstabel - 2012-02-07 15:27

      Yeah, at least half the expense claims must have been for business lunches! lol

  • John - 2012-02-07 10:49

    With all of those SMS's, now I know how Dave won Idols last year

      Albert - 2012-02-07 10:53

      They should charge him with attemted robbery

      DuToitCoetzee - 2012-02-07 11:25

      Another Mark fan. Ahwee!!! ( my daughter will laugh her backside of if I now misspelled

  • naude.andrea - 2012-02-07 10:56

    This impertinence from a board member is shocking. And thankfully finally all the "manipulation" (or shall we call it stealing?) is being exposed. Keep on laying it bare.

  • Roy - 2012-02-07 11:20

    What bunch of crooked idiots that run CSA. No wonder they cannot get sponsers. The whole bloody lot should be sacked,investigated and thrown in jail. Are they only there to see how much they can steal and to hell with the rest. From Majola down these people should repay all the monies that they stole

  • christa.vanderwalt1 - 2012-02-07 11:21

    please may I hop on that gravytrain!!!

  • christa.vanderwalt1 - 2012-02-07 11:21

    Please may I hop onto that Gravytrain!!!

      Ben - 2012-02-07 11:47

      Your second hop was off the other side.

  • Winifred - 2012-02-07 11:51

    It seems that fraud and corruption has found its way into our sports. What a pity. Apart from the players and the coach who actually has to be paid. At one time people who loved sports used to volunteer. Seems since gov. started interfering and creating watchdog posts these people seems to feel they are more entitled to the money than the actual players and its millions paid in a bonus. Who and why and what for, This is just NOT CRICKET. Time for the sponsors to pull out or take charge of the Bank Account.

      Heiku - 2012-02-07 13:39

      I agree. Clearly this is not cricket.

  • jen.bader - 2012-02-07 11:52

    If all board members do what these people are accused of then we can understand why Cricket SA can't find sponsors. Bloody crooks they are!

  • Christo - 2012-02-07 12:20

    Sowaar as vet - wie kan nog stry dat sport in ons land "administreer" word deur amateurs en mense wat net hulle eie sakke wil vul en vir die sport - in die geval krieket - minder as niks voel nie. Sou graag wou weet watter bydraes indien enige, die lid gemaak het op direksievergaderings? Steek die vent en sy eweknieë in die pad...sondermeer!!

  • Irene - 2012-02-07 12:51

    The entire bunch - from the tea lady to the thieving Majola should be fired. The CSA staff are totally incompetent from the top to the bottom. What a disgraceful organisation.

  • Freddie - 2012-02-07 13:04

    Isn't he very athletic looking...? Not! I bet a large portion of the debt relates to meals, he looks like he hasn't missed one in years.

  • Deon - 2012-02-07 14:15

    Head of the legal team, now we know why the CSA is in such a mess. The minister of sport needs to fire a few people asap.

  • hc12345 - 2012-02-07 14:30

    There goes Sunfoil out the door

  • Pieter - 2012-02-07 15:28


  • Bob - 2012-02-07 15:34

    Watch it he must be reading this blogg, surely no one else is stupid enough to put thumbs down to these comments, maybe his Mom

  • Bokfan - 2012-02-07 15:46

    A convicted fraudster Rajan Moodaley almost becameme president of Eastern Province cricket and Cricket last October CSA blocked that appointment but took Sooklal instead. I cant see the difference. Can you?

  • Anthony - 2012-02-07 16:08

    You are a Thief and a Liar. What happened to the promoting of the sport, or is the money there solely to fill your pockets.

  • rod.yelland - 2012-02-07 16:46

    " A Cricket South Africa board member has shocked his colleagues by claiming R600 000 from the organisation for, among other things, text messages and parking costs." Why were they shocked? Claimed too little?

  • Frank - 2012-02-07 17:03

    I wonder if he knows which end of the bat to hold! or does he play hockey cocky?

  • Bill - 2012-02-07 18:38

    Cricket in south Africa is already in the sad position where all the major sponsors have run away. Some, like the bank that sponsored cricket for year, pulled out because of their brand being ambushed by others with the full knowledge and participation of CSA. Others are scared of the mismanagement of the CSA. Now we have a member of the CSA trying to suck even more from the gravy train than ever before. What happened to those that gave their time freely and willingly to run a sport they loved?

  • Bernd - 2012-02-07 22:23

    Give the man a bells

  • Paula - 2012-02-08 11:52

    He is an embarassment to SA cricket,South Africa as a whole but most of all to Sooklal clearly does not have anything better to do then put claims on what does belong to him...He must go SOOK for the nearest gym and plastic surgeon...Fat Louse

  • Paula - 2012-02-08 11:53

    Apologies...Typo.. what does NOT belong to him...

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