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Majola: I disclosed bonus

2011-12-06 13:05

Pretoria - Cricket SA (CSA) chief executive Gerald Majola has denied not disclosing his contentious bonus after the IPL series in 2009.

"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," Majola told a ministerial inquiry in Pretoria on Tuesday.

"I was later advised that this had to be disclosed in terms of Section 234 of the Company’s 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 member’s 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." he said.

"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 that 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 Indian Premier League.

He said the contract signed for the event was exactly the same as the one used for hosting other ICC 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 and, 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 each member of staff would have received the same letter if they received a bonus.

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Comments
  • roberta.keeling - 2011-12-06 13:15

    These guys are extremely well paid. They don't do the job just for the love of the game - it's a matter of how much they can milk CSA! And on top of those extremely good salaries, why should they be paid a bonus, as they did the job they were employed for in the first place. That money could have been used for the development of cricket in the communities that need it most, not to make a fat cat fatter! And note how everyone backed Majola - they are all at the same trough feeding until theu burst. Disgusting - the lot of you are greedy sods!!

      Fred - 2011-12-06 15:08

      Very well put. " "Mr McIntosh [determined my bonus], and his own bonus as well," Majola said." And what a den of thieves you were. The whole lot of them should be stripped of their jobs, titles and and positions which have influence over cricket; to be forced to repay and criminally prosecuted in terms of the companies act and common criminal law.

      Irene - 2011-12-06 15:31

      Why just they be paid a bonus every time they blink their eyes? What part of being paid a salary for doing their jobs don't they understand?

  • Erich - 2011-12-06 13:24

    Majola has a very selective memory. Why did only a selected few benefit from the IPL's donation. CSA has many persons on their payroll and some of them even work there, unlike him. Why were they not included when it was raining money. I hope he and others will be forced to refund CSA

  • Raditshaba - 2011-12-06 13:30

    Majola should just resign, even if he is not found guilty, who will trust him.

      Peter - 2011-12-06 15:02

      You just cannot trust anybody in authority in sport or anywhere else in south africa, mindless thieves in, this nation, what else do you expect

  • Trevor - 2011-12-06 13:32

    Beware when you talk in ridles - one lie after another - time to fall and no one to catch you - blat!!!

  • Claude - 2011-12-06 13:45

    From the News I gather Majola has said that he wants the Nicholson Commission to set matters at CSA to rights! In that case he and all the others at CSA should resign and not be eligible for reelection. As with Athletics an interim administration should be appointed with new elections next year. These people have not got the best interests of Cricket at heart.

      Ben - 2011-12-06 13:58

      Problem is that the next lot may also milk C.S.A.

  • Beth - 2011-12-06 13:46

    Enough!!!! Why are CSA allowing this man to continue with his unconvincing excuses, or to put it bluntly lies? Jacob Zuma and the judicial system have shown what happens to corrupt people - they are fired and punished. Who is actually calling the shots at CSA? Show a little backbone and do what we all know is the right thing. How much longer do you expect the sports loving people of South Africa to continue supporting sporting structures that acknowledge and reward corrupt officials? No more lies, explanations or excuses from Majola - he must be fired and a man of substance, such as Beggs, put in the role of CEO. Do you have the guts CSA?

  • Mark - 2011-12-06 13:52

    Me first, cricket and South Africa a distant second and third.

  • Roy - 2011-12-06 13:56

    This bloke is both a liar and a cheat and must have known as the CEO that by receiving and not declaring these vast payouts, was wrong. And to say that since he became CEO cricket was a much better is b---sh-t. This man and all the other crooks that ran CSA should be punished.

  • Wesley - 2011-12-06 14:08

    if you didnt follow the act to the letter then you need to held accountable and trying play the ignorance card that you didnt even know the guidelines raises further questions about you ability to hold your position."I was later advised that this had to be disclosed in terms of Section 234 of the Company’s 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." if you dont know the rules and guidelines in terms of acts and rules and regulations then they need to appoint someone who has the capacity to learn the guidelines, rules and regulations.

  • Larry - 2011-12-06 14:08

    Rubbish, He is a lying Bas***d.

  • Gerhard - 2011-12-06 14:22

    WTF?! Cricket is (was?) about the sport, which is (was) about the players. These fraudsters use cricket as a way of lining their already stuffed pockets with more money, which should rightfully have gone to the cricketers in the first place. Cricket can do with other administrators (read 'thieves'), but not without the cricketers! Jail the bastards, ALL of them. They were clearly in cahoots when they divided the 'loot' amongst themselves. They are worse than politicians and civil serpents!!!

  • Johan - 2011-12-06 14:56

    "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." How can such an incompetant fool have been elected CEO of CSA? The only Idea he had (seemingly) was that "eish man, it is time to collect"!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Peter - 2011-12-06 15:06

      Must have had special training from the government, they open their arms and hearts to any thieves from anywhere you just have to look everywhere.

      Fred - 2011-12-06 15:30

      He was appointed on the colour of his skin, not on his abilities.

  • Johan - 2011-12-06 15:01

    " 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."-- How can such an incompetant fool be elected as CEO of CSA? I bet the only idea running through his head was- "eish man, how can I SKEP while its raining pap.!!!!!!

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