Cricket

CSA promises co-operation

2011-10-16 14:56
AK Khan (File)

Johannesburg - Cricket South Africa (CSA) will give its full co-operation to Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula and the committee he is appointing to look into the findings of a KPMG audit, it said on Sunday.

"I can promise the minister our full co-operation," CSA acting president AK Khan said in a statement on Sunday.

"I look forward to discussing the matter further with the minister when we meet this afternoon [Sunday]," he said.

Mbalula announced to the media on Sunday that a committee would be appointed next week.

It would be headed by a retired judge and would help bring to a close the issues raised in the KPMG audit.

The KPMG audit recommended that CSA's remuneration and travel allowance policy be reviewed.

It found an apparent non-disclosure of bonus payments to CSA employees, contrary to Companies Act requirements, and suggested that CSA seek the legal advice of senior counsel.

Whatever the judge recommended would be implemented "even if heads have to roll," said Mbalula.

CSA president Mtutuzeli Nyoka was axed at a special meeting on Saturday.

Nyoka had been at loggerheads with the CSA for two years, after making repeated calls for an independent inquiry into CSA finances and bonuses paid to staff including CSA chief executive Gerald Majola.

The board dismissed Nyoka in February, but he fought his removal in the High Court in Johannesburg and was reinstated two months later. CSA then agreed to the audit.

Majola was found to have "made an error of judgement" in failing to clear bonus payments with CSA's remuneration committee. No action was taken against him.

Nyoka argued that sterner measures had to be taken, but the board backed Majola.

CSA's board announced last month that it intended ousting Nyoka for bringing the organisation into disrepute by disregarding the majority decisions of the board and damaging its reputation.

Nyoka was not at Saturday's meeting because of ill health.

CSA vice president Khan was appointed as acting president until CSA's next annual general meeting in August 2012.

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