CSA board 'never taken sides'

2012-03-13 13:55

Johannesburg -  The Cricket SA board has always acted in the best interests of cricket and has never taken sides in the bonus saga, CSA acting president AK Khan said on Tuesday.

“The board has always backed cricket and not any individual,” said Khan, speaking from Durban.

“I have studied that part of the report very carefully and I think it is a bit unfair and untrue to say that there was a cover-up. Which board would engage themselves in a cover-up, especially when there is a public inquiry?

“We have co-operated fully with the inquiry from the start.”

Khan was responding to the report presented to CSA last Thursday by the inquiry into bonuses. It was appointed by Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula in November 2011 and headed by retired judge Chris Nicholson.

The report not only found there was a prima facie case that CEO Gerald Majola had contravened sections 234, 235 and 236 of the Companies Act, but also that the board had deliberately protected Majola from the consequences. Khan said CSA’s management committee would be briefed by lawyers on Wednesday evening, and it would be premature to comment further on how they would proceed.

“We will wait to be guided by senior counsel and see which way they want us to go,” Khan said.

“The report belongs to the board, so the correct approach is for us to wait to be guided by counsel’s advice.”

The Nicholson committee also recommended CSA should elect a smaller board, with a majority of independent, professionally skilled, non-executive directors.

Khan confirmed all 11 members of the board had received and read the recommendations. They would meet in Johannesburg on Saturday.

Majola would not comment on Tuesday on whether he had requested a private meeting with Mbalula and said he would issue a public statement within 24 hours.

“I can’t speak now if you’re going to ask me about the Nicholson inquiry, but I will be releasing a statement on Wednesday,” Majola said.

“So just wait for the media release to come out.”


  • bluzulu - 2012-03-13 14:33

    A.K Khan = Greedy , selfish, Ignorant Thief. That sums it up!!!

      Foc - 2012-03-13 16:05

      Why wait for council to advise them what to do??? Take ACTION you spineless bunch of greedy administrators thats your JOB!!! The whole board should resign in my book and thiose honest ones that were 'worked out' like Harris; Van Wyk; etc should be brought back.... They were removed for being honest

      Sedick - 2012-03-13 18:44

      And for the Khan rubber stamp, he received the acting-president position......FIRE THE WHOLE BOARD.....

  • Anastasia - 2012-03-13 14:33

    A blind man, could have seen that the matter was dodgy. You do not need to understand every aspect of the law, to know, that Majola contravened the companies act. Oh, and the little matter of "failed to disclose" his big fat bonus. IF, you were not part of the group (very few indeed) who stood up and said "this is wrong", then, I regret, that you are guilty by association, and by your lack of judgment. All you had to know, was the difference between right and wrong. And then you had to make a choice.

  • trevor.cramer1 - 2012-03-13 14:36

    Oh my word !!..the very man who tried to institute what Judge Nicholson stopped just short of calling a "cover-up" with his toothless Khan Commission, which his Board rubber-stamped and Majola was given nothing more than a slap on the wrists...

  • pg.barry - 2012-03-13 14:42

    Mr Khan, I cannot believe you can say this with a straight face. Or may be I can. You have lied and protected all the way. Time to go as well. Cricket SA you need to clean your act up.

      Halvor - 2012-03-13 16:16

      Peej - well said!

  • Henk - 2012-03-13 14:51

    khan jy is 'n liegbek bliksem!!! jy was aangestel deur majola om sy skelmstreke toe te smeer. jy was deel van dieselfde bende wat die regter wat oorspronklik aangestel was onthef het van sy pligte sodat julle jul eie kommissie kon aanstel uitsluitlik om die korrupsie toe te smeer. nou keer julle tipies soos wat julle is vir julle eie gatte. julle behoort saam met majola in 'n kriminelehof aangekla te word. jy en jou bende hoort nie in sa sport nie. daar is te veel van julle wat in posisies in sa sport is vir eie gewin en glad nie vir sport nie!

  • chiepner - 2012-03-13 15:00

    Khan.....there's and afrikaans saying. Meng jouself met die semels en die varke eet jou op.

  • Hector - 2012-03-13 15:10

    dear Mr Khan, the only reason we know you're lying is that your lips are moving. Go with Majola and take O'Conner with you.

  • Roy - 2012-03-13 15:10

    Hope you don't think the rest of South Africa believes one word of what you are saying. The whole CSA board benefited from cricket and some-one had to keep quiet so that the money flowed into their pockets. If this was not so why did the sponsors pull out??

  • Roy - 2012-03-13 15:15

    Oh how I wish that the people who these comments are made about would read them and see what we think of their thieving etc. What a bunch of crooks and idiots run sport,into the ground I might add,and try to cover up their tracks.

  • Bill - 2012-03-13 15:17

    So, now we wait for Senior Council's opinion and recommendations on how the board should proceed. Yet more of SA Cricket's money being spent on "The Board" - a bunch of blazer wearing, self aggrandizing, self important, gravy train riders if ever sport was inflicted with such a bunch. None of them will ever do the honourable thing and resign - they, Majola included, will fight for their personal piece of the pie until their very last breath, and the hell with the good of the sport and the sportsmen themselves. It is all about the money and the glamour....

      Anastasia - 2012-03-13 15:21

      Is he (Majola) 'employed' by the board, if so, no doubt he will race off to the ccma and waste even more money.

  • Darryl - 2012-03-13 15:27

    Yes Mr Khan, time to try to protect yourself. To hell with honour amongst thieves. By the way Ms Kass Naidoo is rather quiet. Remember she is also a thief, a pretty thief, but a thief all the same. A case of Ali Babba and the forty thieves

  • Andrè - 2012-03-13 15:34

    The whole board should go!

  • Stormkaap - 2012-03-13 15:53

    We will wait to be guided by senior counsel and see which way they want us to go,” Khan said. Go out the door and dont come back is what we expect, oh! and take your bra's with you.. Now Judge Nicholson is lying and you're telling the truth!

  • Andrew - 2012-03-13 16:47

    It was so obviously a cover up that fooled nobody. Australian tour to SA should be the biggest money spinner in Cricket, sorry no sponsor. Domestic cricket ticks on unsponsored in most formats. The whole board should be fired with Majola.

  • Irene - 2012-03-13 20:37

    Lies, lies and more lies! 1. Majola actively went after India for a bonus. It wasn't offered to him - he asked for it. 2. CSA is a Section 21 company ie a 'charity' or non-profit. 3. If CSA was so hell-bent on developing cricket, why did Majola take the bulk of the bonus he ASKED for, for himself and not use it for development? 4. How can he embarrass SA like that by asking for a bonus because India were in a predicament? Sies! 5. How can you possibly accept a pay cheque of R175 000 a month without being ashamed of yourself? Voetsak Majola as well as the entire board that voted to get rid of Nyoka who exposed the filth at CSA. AK Khan bow out gracefully along with your thieving buddy. A lifestyle audit should be done on all the board and staff members to check out who else has had their fingers in the pie. The only reason there are people who are pro Majola is because they're pro their own bank balances.

  • Beth - 2012-03-14 15:55

    What I fail to understand is why CSA is allowing this individual to dictate his terms. He has been found guilty and, if he is that concerned about his reputation and integrity, he would apologise, resign and repay the money he 'took' and recommend that it be ploughed into the development of SA cricket.

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