CSA saga 'worse than Hansie'

2012-01-17 22:06

Cape Town - Former CSA president Norman Arendse said the damage the bonus saga had done to the image of cricket in South Africa "could be worse" than when former Proteas skipper Hansie Cronje accepted bribes to influence the outcome of matches in the late 1990s.

According to Beeld, Arendse told Judge Chris Nicholson, who heads the inquiry into CSA's bonus scandal, that the debacle has already cost CSA between R10 and R12 million and the people responsible should be accounted for.

CSA CEO Gerald Majola last year admitted that he did not declare his bonuses of R1,8 million - which he got for the Indian Premier League (IPL) and the Champions League in 2009 - as the Companies' Act stipulates. Majola claims he did not understand the law.

And SAPA reports that Arendse said Majola should be placed on special leave or suspended.

Arendse said an acting CEO should subsequently be put in place pending the results of an independent disciplinary committee.

He said the current debacle surrounding CSA was indicative of what he had experienced during his time at the cricket body with Majola.

"All of us involved in cricket have created this environment; it is like the Frankenstein that is out of control," Arendse said.

"Because you allowed the CEO to get away with it."

Arendse said Majola protected the interests of sponsors and the national team because, "the performance of the national team, that is all that matters".

This was due to the national side being the main source of CSA's income, and prioritising their performance above the needs of grassroots cricket.

The manner in which the CSA board and Majola interacted with each other was a case of the tail wagging the dog.

Arendse cited two occasions where Majola overstepped his authority as president while still at the cricket body.

The first instance, Arendse said, was the dispute over the composition of the national side to face Bangladesh in 2008.

At the time, he queried the demographic composition of the team.

"Cricket SA has a selection policy which asks for targeted transformation in terms of the CSA policy; when we select 15 players to play overseas we must have a minimum of seven black players and that team had five," Arendse said.

He said he had to use his power of veto when the team was not selected according to CSA’s policy.

Majola, however, countermanded this and said in a news release that Arendse did not have the right to veto and reinstated the team initially selected.

Arendse said the second occasion related to a decision taken to remove the captain and coach from the selection committee shortly after the selection dispute.

Majola did not have the authority to make those decisions, prompting his resignation as CSA president in September 2008, Arendse said.


  • Jack - 2012-01-17 23:22

    According to Majola CSA means Cash Shall Accumulate and/or Cant Stop Accepting.

      Squeegee - 2012-01-18 07:13

      Fred, give it a rest. Did you actually read the article? Troll.

  • Sean - 2012-01-17 23:27

    Why must this d@@s bring in Hansie Cronje ? Arendse doesn`t like white people , real racist with a complex !

      Sean - 2012-01-17 23:30

      Maybe Arendse must rather go over to the soccer side (safa) , much bigger shambles than cricket !!

      Ouklip - 2012-01-18 00:29

      Arendse is the worse kind. The problem in SA sport is wrong priorities. More money has to go to develop primary school kids and not in payments of the officials.

      Fred - 2012-01-18 04:27

      Becuase Hansie was a scumbag - a fraudster hiding behind a smile and his holier than thou superior Chrisitian morality

      Moipone Bokaba - 2012-01-18 05:25

      Hansie was a wolf in aa sheep skin as for Gerald, his arrogance defies logic.

      Anthony - 2012-01-18 06:00

      Where do they find these guys? in prison

      Dirk - 2012-01-18 09:05

      Fred- You are a scumbag- hiding behind nothing and for everyone to see!

  • Madulla - 2012-01-17 23:30

    If Majola is not dealt with harshly, then CEO's from others company's may also be tempted to steal. Majola has no skills and brings absolutely nothing to the table, except for deceit, scandal, dishonesty and unaccountability . At least Hansie had talent and was adored by most of the public - except for Bacher and his witch-hunting gang of accomplices! How in hell's name do you sleep at night, Majola? Fingers will always be pointed at you as the one who stole money that should of been earmarked for development. And, Gerald, you can bet your last million rands that this saga will NOT be forgotten by cricket supporters. Hansie departed quietly and gracefully. You on the other hand will eventually be frog-marched and be forced to leave, DISGRACEFULLY. No sponsor in their right mind wants to be associated with the rotting stench that currently permeates and pervades from within the offices Cricket South Africa.

      Fred - 2012-01-18 04:32

      "Hansie departed quietly and gracefully"? Say what. All tears and denial, The debbil made me do it". People like Hansie Cronje, wearing a flashy smile and promoting his good Christian values, can lie and cheat and, when caught, seek to justify their immorality on the influence of the non-existent Satan. And, if you read the comments on this forum whenever his name is mentioned, huge numbers of Christians seem to accept this as normal and good.

  • Madulla - 2012-01-18 00:21

    Majola failed to heed the basic principles referred to in King's, 'characteristics of good corporate governance'. Discipline, Transparency, Independence, Accountability, Responsibility, Fairness and Social Responsibility. Tell us, Majola, which of the 'King Principles' were you preaching to your staff and how many of these tenets did you personally uphold. ? Or did you brazenly flout all company rules in your quest for unlimited power. Your unbridled greed is sickening and reflects badly on administrators, board members and custodians of the sport of cricket.

  • bernard.ingram - 2012-01-18 02:38

    Leave a dead man to rest in peace! Why always refer to Hansie when the current events has nothing to do with him!

      Fred - 2012-01-18 04:33

      No - Hansie sold out his team and his country for the god of mammon. I won't forgive him for that,

      Dirk - 2012-01-18 09:07

      I challenge you to place a list of your transgressions here. Or would that be too ghastly to contemplate?

      Nic - 2012-01-18 09:36

      @fred He was only human... be carefull to say you are above weakness... you have no sin??

      Bob - 2012-01-18 12:47

      Azurite, abslotutely correct, what Hansie did was wrong but heh he paid a thousand times over, I don't believe he was guilty of that much anyway, he didn't throw any big games as far as we know, infact he claimed he never threw a game, anyway these thieves CSA are ten x worse than Hansie ever was.

  • Dennis - 2012-01-18 04:53

    This is what AA/BEE has brought to CSA !!

  • brionyl.french - 2012-01-18 05:28

    Why dont we wipe the slate clean, remove everyone and replace them with new people and remind them of the law and ensure this doesnt happen again... These people currently should get some sort of bad name for the "bonus"

      Louise - 2012-01-18 08:09

      I agree - all we need in this instance (and many others...!) is for once, someone to have the GUTS to say "till here and no more". Get rid of the whole lot, and appoint people with the right values and attitudes. Once this is done, others will follow. It is human nature, and a fear of the unknown that keeps people from standing up for what is right. We need some heroes, for pete's sake!

      Selma - 2012-01-18 12:00

      Fanie de Villiers and Pat Symcox should do the trick.

  • Mynhardt Van Loggerenberg - 2012-01-18 05:55

    i hope that they start by disgracing these fother muckers like they did Hansie.

  • ammpike - 2012-01-18 06:24

    with Majola still in power will the grass roots of SA ever benefit will there be ever transformation in CSA I don't think so Majola is damn arrogant his just there to feed his pocket to hell with South Africans we don't need people like Majola in this country let him go clean CSA

  • Roy - 2012-01-18 08:11

    What a bunch of crooks running CSA. This whole bloody lot should be sacked and taken to court. Hope all sponsers take note of what is going on and not give any monies to these thieves. From the top to the bottom of the CSA board are there only for what they can steal.

  • Caleb - 2012-01-18 08:35

    When international ticket prices come down then we know the CSA scandal is over. Hansie is a legend. Please stop using his name in the same sentence as scandal.

      André - 2012-01-18 13:08

      Hansie was a legend... Hahahahahahahaaa! Good one Caleb!

      André - 2012-01-18 13:08

      Hansie was a legend... Hahahahahahahaaa! Good one Caleb!

  • vdwjasper - 2012-01-18 08:57

    The Arendses and Majolas did the same to Boland Rugby, SWD Rugby, Western Province Rugby, Eastern Province Rugby. Aaah, and the municipalities. Go to any town council meeting in any given town/city in the Western Cape, and you will understand exactly what the problem is.

  • francie.potgieter - 2012-01-18 09:11

    No he should not be suspended or put on special leave he should be fired and he should be forced to pay back all the irregular bonuses that he received.

  • Nic - 2012-01-18 09:33

    So if they stop me for speeding, drinking or whatever crime...I just say I did not know....sorry and I am free??? SARS I hope your people are reading the news or at least whaching it and please do you duty to investigate this matter. Was it not Majola that also said Hansie will never be allowed to be part in any form of cricket and what a discrace he is to the sport?????????

  • Heiku - 2012-01-18 11:08

    This is not worse than hansie. Stop being drama queens. That being said, heads must roll.

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