CSA official backs Majola

2011-12-01 09:21

Johannesburg - Cricket South Africa board member John Blair on Wednesday claimed there was a "sinister agenda" by people outside the organisation who were trying to run the game, reports the Sowetan.

He said this had been the reason for the board being "dysfunctional".

Blair was giving evidence to a commission headed by Judge Chris Nicholson. The commission is investigating the bonus scandal in CSA.

The chief executive of CSA, Gerald Majola, paid bonuses of up to R4.7-million to staff and himself from the staging of the Indian Premier League here in 2009.

Majola did not have board permission to pay the bonuses, of which he received R1.8-million. Blair defended Majola, saying he was a "cricket man" but had not been groomed to be a director.

Blair did not expand on the "outside agenda", but a former board member, Paul Harris, has told the commission that the bonuses undermined good corporate governance.

Harris told the commission last week that the undisclosed bonus payments were made under the guise of being part of the hosting fee the IPL had paid to CSA.

On Wednesday Blair and other board members, Andy O'Connor and AK Khan, said Majola had done no wrong. "As a director he (Majola) should have disclosed (the bonuses) but he was never trained to be a CEO who knows the Companies Act, and relied on the support of people around him (board members)."

Blair said firing Majola would not have made any difference and would not have been in the interest of cricket, saying that it was unfair to make this matter serious. Blair said Majola was not dishonest.

Majola did not know that he had overstepped the mark by not disclosing that he had given himself and staff bonuses because this had been done before and that previously "there was no problem with it".

Khan, who is CSA's acting president, said the bonuses were discussed at a number of board meetings but the amounts paid were not disclosed.


  • Priyal - 2011-12-01 09:42

    "he was a "cricket man" but had not been groomed to be a director" What the F does that mean?? If he is not knowledgeable enough, then get someone who is. You can't tell me he didn't pocket some dollar during the IPL. Majola can't plead ignorance here. Just because it was done before and overlooked doesn't make it dismissible. Anyway, International cricket needs an overhaul. It's rotten

      dean.obree - 2011-12-01 09:53

      John Blair must understand something; if he is not opposed to corruption, then he is for it. Majola and the board must realise that a person can not be half pregnant; if you know what I mean.

      roberta.keeling - 2011-12-01 13:22

      It means that you can't blame him for taking an unauthorised bonus from CSA's kitty! (Tongue in cheek remark!) I I agree that he shouldn't be doing the job if he doesn't know what to do. I am not surprised that John Blair and others defend Majola - he is their Fathe Christmas, and they don't want to be asked to repay the unauthorised loans. Apart from that, what the hell did these people do to deserve a bonus that size? Just feeding themselves like government officials. Just think what these bonusses could have done to develop cricket.

  • Beth - 2011-12-01 10:15

    Spare us the drivel, pleeeeaaaassssse! Why the hell was he made a Director if he has no idea of the protocol of holding such a portfolio? The man lied - that is the bottom line; it doesn't matter if "... he didn't intend to lie". Hansie paid the price for his lies, why should Gerald Majola be any differeng? Little wonder that our country is in the mess it is - whilst we condone the "powers that be" for their corruption, we punish an innocent parent who steals a loaf of bread to feed his starving children.

      Gerald - 2011-12-01 10:26

      I agree but Majola's sidekicks(those who say he did nothing wrong) must also be fired. so too must the people who appointed Majila as CEO because they now admit that he had not had any traing as a CEO. By assocciation the Cricket Unions that side with Majola are just a guilty of corruption and/or mismanagement

      Poen - 2011-12-01 11:42

      I agree with Beth, if he was so ignorant as a disrector, why was he ever allowed to hold such a post? He should go!!!

  • chiepner - 2011-12-01 10:33

    R4.7-million sinister reasons you are trying to cover your arse!

  • Flowingriver - 2011-12-01 10:34

    U dont need to be qualified to serve and be served gravy.......! I an next joining the ques now

  • Roy - 2011-12-01 11:02

    Wonder what Blair was paid to back Majola. And what was this "sinister agenda" he speaks of. If this was the case that the board was "dysfunctional" why did they not do something about it? No,here is something sinister going on and the quicker it comes out the better for cricket.

  • Bokfan - 2011-12-01 11:11

    How much did Blair get? But have you ever heard such a pathetic defence. "He was not trained........... blahahahahahaha" Fork it he didnt need much training to award himself a massive and irregular bonus. Do AA candidates now need special development programs to stop them from acting without ethics. When he signed up for the job he undertook many responsibilities.Chief among them to look after the interests of Cricket. Not himself. No one forced him to dip into the till. Blair you are a grotesque disgrace. Booger off as soon as possible.

      Bokfan - 2011-12-01 11:15

      BTW This statement by Blair is a complete admission that Majola was not fit to be appointed in the first place. Dump the scum. All of the crooks. Now.

  • Poen - 2011-12-01 11:38

    John, I can't believe that all this drivel comes from you. Are you really the same person I played cricket with at Municipals in Bloemfontein - and looked up to - in the 70s?

  • Andre - 2011-12-01 13:17

    Mmm, up till now...not a single thumbs down..... Sorry CSA you are the weakest link (BEE AA Scum!) ..anything to CHEAT even when it comes to being caught at deep POCKET!.... the parasite you and your ANC connections have become, is showing up EVERY day!!!!

  • Peter - 2011-12-01 19:18

    All of a sudden they are all disfunctional, what is unusual about this statement, the ANC government is totally disfunctional so what is the bloody difference with these clowns, they are all tarred with the same brush, for christ sake someone sort this out

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