Fairness is relative - Majola

2011-12-06 14:17

Pretoria - Cricket SA (CSA) chief executive Gerald Majola said fairness was relative with regard to the distribution of bonuses after the successful hosting of the IPL in 2009.

Majola was speaking after he was questioned on his understanding of fairness when he and Don McIntosh, the Indian Premier League tournament director, received more than two-thirds of the pool of money meant for bonuses.

"Fairness is relative. Fairness is if I am happy to pay you for the job you have done," Majola told a ministerial inquiry in Pretoria on Tuesday.

"In my view, if the people who authorised these payments thought the people who got this money deserved it, then it was fair."

Earlier, Majola denied that he had not disclosed the bonuses to CSA's board members.

"I was totally convinced at the time, as it was common practice to do it this way, that I had disclosed properly when I did.

"I was later advised that this had to be disclosed in terms of Section 234 of the Companies' Act. I had absolutely no idea of the format set-out in that act and I am the first one to admit that I did not disclose this as the act required me to."

Majola said he disclosed the bonuses to a members' forum meeting and told the CSA board.

"I have already informed the board of receiving the bonuses and it has been disclosed in our documents for anybody who wants to see the documents.

"So, I had disclosed that I was going to receive a bonus at two meetings -- the members' meeting with the shareholders and the second one which is the board."

Majola told the committee the bonus he received was determined by former CSA operations officer Don McIntosh.

"Mr McIntosh [determined my bonus], and his own bonus as well," Majola said.

"Mr McIntosh did a full schedule, including his [bonus] which I accepted as well. I never discussed mine as it's very difficult to discuss your own bonus."

Majola took the stand for the first time in the inquiry into bonuses paid to staff after the CSA hosted the IPL. He said the contract signed for the event was exactly the same as the one used for hosting other International Cricket Council events.

McIntosh, CSA's operations officer, was the tournament director for the IPL, Majola said.

He fulfilled the same role in the 2007 Twenty20 World Cup held in South Africa. Given the short notice for the IPL, they agreed to apply the same terms and conditions. Majola said they used the same principle for determining bonuses as the one applied in previous tournaments.

"The tournament director is more senior when it comes to that [bonuses] and depending on work done he uses a 'multiples' guide," said Majola.

"He got more than me on other tournaments, but on this one [IPL], I did more work than him."

Committee chairman Judge Chris Nicholson pushed Majola on why he had written a letter to McIntosh on July 16, 2009 telling him, "we have managed to negotiate with the IPL to pay you a special discretionary bonus for your contribution" to the IPL.

Majola said he had no recollection of the letter, but said each member of staff would have received the same letter if they received a bonus.


  • Bob - 2011-12-06 14:44

    Just another indication of what really makes the poll figures a reality of the gap between the opportunist rich elite and the desperately poor...!

  • Grant - 2011-12-06 14:53

    You know, with this lot and match fixing I've gone off cricket. I now feel even more sorry for Hansie. He would have known that the administratos at the top were raking in mega bucks whilst sitting on their arses, why couldn't the players earn a bit aswell?

  • Steenbra - 2011-12-06 15:00

    It's fair that you pay yourself R1.8m and then you pay someone else R100.. thats fair, as long as I get the lions share!!! Hope you get dismissed and banned from ever administering sport in SA.. that i think would be fair

  • barrybru - 2011-12-06 15:13

    The whole top structure of CSA should be fired! Who the hell do they think they are!!!?

  • Irene - 2011-12-06 15:28

    If they must get a bonus every time they do their jobs, what are they earning a salary for?

  • SirFGrumpy - 2011-12-06 15:33

    Disgrace, join jackie you thief.

  • Gerhard - 2011-12-06 15:51

    I wonder whether his health will hold up? These inquiries into corruption seems to affect your health! eg Schaik Silebe JuJu I think it's the thought of Bubba waiting for you! :) :)

  • clem.human - 2011-12-06 15:57

    liar as usual - majola will have to use his bonuses to sponsor cricket - no one else wants to.

      Dmitri - 2011-12-06 16:06

      I wonder if Hansie was "taken out" in the plane crash because he knew of certain administrators (world wide) that were on the take. Just an innocent question. I am not starting some conspiracy theory here at all (or maybe I am :) )

  • Deon - 2011-12-06 16:36

    well, ...if you work harder than the next, then surely the othre guys didnt do his fair deal and doent deserve a bonus, and shouldnt all the effort (of both of you and all involved) be for the benefit of cricket SA - development in prime question here and investment into the present players and the future stars - to be identified??? well i so sad! what have we as a society become? . So if you

  • mundu.olewega - 2011-12-06 16:57

    The greed of these swines is unbelievable!

  • Chaapo - 2011-12-06 17:14

    I suppose he would say corruption is relative too. But what would you expect from "comrades" - nothing but spin to veil reality.

  • Albertus - 2011-12-06 22:24

    Surprised he has not fallen ill yet

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