Majola: I'm innocent

2012-03-13 09:00

Johannesburg - Cricket SA boss Gerald Majola has insisted he is innocent after a ministerial inquiry recommended he be suspended and made to repay a R1.75 million bonus payment, according to a report on Tuesday.

"... everybody knows that I declared the money at a board meeting. The only thing I did not do was to put it in writing," Majola told The New Age newspaper.

He said the inquiry had taken its toll on him.

"I don't know what's going on. This is a very difficult time in my life. These things do happen.

"I've been involved in cricket administration for 12 years and I have never in my life faced a disciplinary committee," he said.

Majola returned to his office on Monday after attending an International Cricket Council meeting in Dubai.

The CSA board had said it would meet on Saturday to discuss the recommendations of the inquiry that it failed to implement findings by auditing firm KPMG.

The time and venue of the meeting would be decided only after Wednesday's management committee meeting, CSA spokesperson Michael Owen-Smith said on Monday.

The board meeting was scheduled in response to the report made to the CSA on Thursday by the inquiry, which was appointed by Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula in November 2011 and headed by retired judge Chris Nicholson.

CSA had also said the board would make a decision on the way forward and report back to Mbalula by April 9.

However, with growing impatience from both the cricket fraternity and members of the public, it could respond earlier.


  • Stan - 2012-03-13 09:06

    that's what selebi, shaik and judge motata said...

      Deon - 2012-03-13 09:37

      As well as Malema.

      Jack - 2012-03-13 09:47

      WTF...That's what they all say!! They're all useless arrogant, selfish, naive and ugly.

      Sedick - 2012-03-13 09:48

      "I've been involved in cricket administration for 12 years and I have never in my life faced a disciplinary committee," he said. YOU WERE NEVER CAUGHT BEFORE,,,,,,

      roberta.keeling - 2012-03-13 13:22

      @Jack - you forgot dishonest.

      Patrick - 2012-03-13 13:31

      The only transformation this idiot cares about, is that his small bank balance transforms into a large bank balance!

  • Larry - 2012-03-13 09:08

    Rubbish, go away, you skunk.

  • Dennis - 2012-03-13 09:09

    In the history of world crooks, there has never been anyone so guilty as you, gerald AND so doff that you cannot see it !!!

      Mzwandile - 2012-03-13 09:40

      If Majola is guilty them by default Allie Batcher is guilty as well - he set the precedence. This was a witch hunt against Majola plain and simple. Shame on retired Judge Nicholson, he has been used again.

      Rob - 2012-03-13 10:02

      Mzwandile, your racial bias is so blatant, it is stupid! If Majola was not black, you would be singing a different tune. Sort out your own issues of prejudice.

      Heiku - 2012-03-13 10:03

      They are both guilty and I believe that Hansie set the precedence.

      Mzwandile - 2012-03-13 10:23

      Tuner unfortunately you are exposing your own racist stereotype and prejudice because what you are insuniating is tha you are call for Majola's head because he is Black. Unfortunately I am comparing two cricket administrators who committed the same offence, one is persecuted and the other not. This has nothing to do with racism, please stop being trapped in racist stereotype South Africans have moved on.

      Heiku - 2012-03-13 10:36

      Mzwandile you have your racist defense on high alert today I see. The old "you're a racist because you called me a racist" defense.

      Rob - 2012-03-13 10:44

      Mzwandile, I am not sure why I am replying to your senseless drivel, but to make a point, if you had listened properly and without your prejudice, the case of Majola's is not the same as Bacher's. Take the trouble to read their respective stories properly. You obviously will not see that because you are blinded by your prejudice. How I am showing any racism only you will understand. It is clear you have not moved on and are only fooling yourself!

      Mzwandile - 2012-03-13 11:12

      Tuner shame on you and your like minded like Heiku. I don't know where do you get it that these cases are different, only unless your prejudice has deleted some facts of these cases and them created fictitious difference. Both administrators paid themselves bonuses after successfully hosted international tournaments (Batcher R5m afyert world cup and Majola R3m after IPL) and never disclose to the board. Tell me how different are these cases, I am curious to here your version and facts of the two stories, and please don't runaway now because this a determining factor of who has a prejudice here.

      Paul - 2012-03-13 11:39

      Mzwandile, I dont know where you get your info from, but Mr Bacher did not go and pay himself a bonus without informing fact he naver paid himself anything. He was awarded a bonus by the board as part of his retirement package when he stepped down. You are trying to mix the two, and I am sorry, you are wrong. Mr Bacher was interviewed both on the radio and on TV where he stated quite clearly that he never awarded anything to himself, and that if any board wanted to investigate the matter he would gladly comply with the request. Majola paid himself a bonus without telling anyone, and then has tried to cover his track, to such an extent that he had the whistleblower fired and publicly disgraced. I am not going to get involved with what you and Tuner are going on about, other than to say that Tuner is quite right in saying that the two matter are not the same, and Bacher did not steal any funds, in fact I think he was a hero in the way he promoted SA Cricket.

  • Dhirshan - 2012-03-13 09:10

    "i'm innocent" . . . yeah, and bafana are ranked no.1 in the world. fraud is 1 thing but i will never forgive this bloke for messing up our 2007 world cup team insisting there be 7 players of color. steyn, morkel, van wyk and van der wath were all left behind for telemachus and bosman etc.

      Mtshezi Yonk'insipho Iyawasha Mkhize - 2012-03-13 10:11

      N u will still see more of it if u stick around this country, if not spare urself the unhappiness n relocate. South Africa is for all who live in it, n our sports should be a reflection of this....

  • sakhikhaya.dlala - 2012-03-13 09:11

    Yeah ryt Majola

  • Derk - 2012-03-13 09:13

    "I did not put it in writing" hey cry baby can you actualy write?

      David - 2012-03-13 10:47

      stupid comment

  • IAnon - 2012-03-13 09:15

    You are just ANOTHER crook that needs to be Jailed ...

  • Halvor - 2012-03-13 09:19

    How could we have been SO wrong? Sorry, Gerald. Carry on as before.

  • darrel.botes - 2012-03-13 09:33

    Majola, innocent or not (and personally I think you are not), you have to ask yourself whether you still have the support and confidence of the Cricket community and whether your insistence to stay on is really in the best interest of Cricket.

      sean.redmond3 - 2012-03-13 09:47


      Mzwandile - 2012-03-13 09:55

      I agree with you Darrel because I for one and I know many of my likes have since lost confidence in Majola long time ago because he totaly failed to ensure that cricket is transformed.

      roberta.keeling - 2012-03-13 13:34

      Mzwandile, when will you and your ilk understand that to choose a team in any sport you select the best players, so that the country can be recognised as one of the best there is. Start messing around with percentages of other colour players just to satisfy you and your half brained politican friends might make the team more representative of the country's population, but they will surely be one of the "also ran" teams in the world. Have a look at Namibia and Zimbabwe - there colour is not an issue. It's choosing the best players available. But I suppose your narrow mindedness will prohibit you of understanding this. The whole country is sliding down hill becuase able administrators were of the wrong colour and forcibly retired, and "comrades" were selected in positions they could not cope with. Wake up sir, and smell the roses.

  • Hertzel - 2012-03-13 09:39 have brought the Game into , it does not matter whether u are guilty or not.......

  • Jay - 2012-03-13 09:41

    THAT MONEY WAS NEVER MEANT TO BE SHARED BY YOURSELF & YOUR ACCOMPLICES. It belongs to the SA Cricket Structures and for the Development of the Sport. You see, this is called "ABUSE OF AUTHORITY & POWER" I hope the Minister gets you FIRED and RECOVERS every cent with Interest. This should apply to ALL such benefactors in your CORRUPT CSA structure. Makes you no less a CRIMINAL like the rest of the CORRUPT THUGS in GOVT & the BBBEE Benefactors. Would you have condoned this if I was to do what you did? I REST MY CASE.

  • Phumlani - 2012-03-13 09:43

    OJ also didn't do it......

  • chiepner - 2012-03-13 09:43

    Dear Majola - vat jou pie en waai! This thing has been going on for long enough and your defiance only helps damaging cricket even more. Its time you did the honorable thing and just move on already. It has been proven and found that what you did was wrong and no amount of arrogance or no amount of trying to orchastrate another cover up will make this go away. Your buddy Khan has already damaged his reputation because of trying to help you out of a tight situation. You are not the beginning and end of CSA - there is other that can and now seeing what happned to you WILL do a better job in ensuring that cricket is being looked after and not seen as a lekke way to score some easy cash. No sponsor, player or fan believes what you did was the right thing to do - so climb out of your little long fase of self denial and please move on - THIS IS WHATS BEST FOR CRICKET IN SA AT THE MOMENT.

  • sean.redmond3 - 2012-03-13 09:46

    Hey, I believe you.

  • Winston - 2012-03-13 09:47

    all you guys have forgotten about boesak he also said he was innocent and after a very reduced jail sentence many years later he still professes to be innocent even after a court of law found him to be guilty. These criminals are the ones that are laughing all the way to the bank because I have yet to hear of any of them to repay what they have stolen. Their abuse of human rights is an absolute joke. The whities have been brainwashed with bee and afa feel sorry for this crowd beacause of apartheid. how does feeling sorry for them justify them stealing millions of rands, oops sorry i forgor they were denied and education and so did not learn that stealing was wrong.Even the blind people can see the writing is on the wall.

      Mtshezi Yonk'insipho Iyawasha Mkhize - 2012-03-13 10:08

      U are a bitter man.....

      Jack - 2012-03-13 10:21

      @Winston..that's it. Why would someone name their child Innocent, is it because half the time they're not?

      Mzwandile - 2012-03-13 10:26

      And I am worried you are carrying this bitterness around - you are a danger to society.

      bluzulu - 2012-03-13 10:32

      Surely Majola is implicated with his partner in crime who happens to be a European African.... Look at the facts before utilizing the keyboard. How can this deteriorate to colour when all implicated are across the colour band. WAKE UP or SHUT THE F**K up

  • Ian - 2012-03-13 09:49

    he must go, no point in us winning our games and series when the board is dirty

  • William - 2012-03-13 09:57

    Send him packing!!! He is an embarrassment to cricket, and now we are the laughing stock of the international world thanks to this looser!!! He belongs behind bars!!!! PLEASE CSA do the right thing and lets move forward. Let's get people who actually care about the game, and not lining their own pockets in charge!!! To many fat cats!!!

  • Beth - 2012-03-13 09:57

    As the saying goes... "I saw a cow climb up a tree, you're a friggin liar!"

  • Mzwandile - 2012-03-13 10:09

    I hope the whole board be changed and bring Advocate Arendse as the Chairperson of the board and Haroon Lorgat as the CEO and then let's move on

  • J.D. - 2012-03-13 10:10

    and so say all of us.

  • Bill - 2012-03-13 10:19

    Hermann Goering also insisted he was innocent, so did Adolf Eichmann! Not that Majola is in their league of criminality or monstrosity, but.....................

  • Hendrik - 2012-03-13 10:20

    Oh Gerald you leave me angry and speechless. First a very reputable firm of auditors found you GUILTY. Then you somehow swayed the rest of the board to cover up for you and the good Doctor was given the boot. Then a costly commission of enquiry is set up. AGAIN you are shown to be as guilty as sin, on more than one count. Yet you still want to cling in there and cause even MORE harm to the reputation of South African Cricket. I wish it was possible to charge you with treason and punish accordingly. PLEASE go away and fall on your sword somewhere.

  • Herman - 2012-03-13 10:28

    Only the guilty will insist they are innosent (as usual). Fire him and use that R1.75M for developing the sport in rural communities.

  • dhopwood3 - 2012-03-13 10:38

    If it's not in writing it doesn't exist. This is fundamental in any kind of administrative or legal practice.

  • francie.potgieter - 2012-03-13 10:55

    Yes you are innocent and I'm the tooth fairy. And now they want to suspend him with full pay, but he already took the money that he would have received. Shame and he is already not feeling well, wonder what sickness he has, or is busy getting.

  • Theuns - 2012-03-13 11:15

    Be positive Majola! You have now got perfect experience for a number of positions in the ANC ie. Minister of Sport, CEO of Escom, CEO of SAA, etc. etc.

  • Erich - 2012-03-13 11:39

    Of course you are innocent. You did not kill any Jews during the hollocast.

      Patrick - 2012-03-13 14:34

      Is a "hollocast" a cast that has been removed from a broken arm or leg?

  • Trevor - 2012-03-13 11:41

    they all cry fowl when caught out Down You Go Down

  • Patrick - 2012-03-13 11:49

    You are innocent! I am beautiful! Malema is stupid! Only one of the above is true unfortunately

  • Helmut - 2012-03-13 12:30

    South Africa must be the country with the most innocent thieves in all spheres of life, i.e. politics, parastatals, sports admin, you name it we got it!

  • doors.smuts - 2012-03-13 13:28

    The administrators has thrown the Game into total chaos and disrepute. Sponser have taken their money and ran for the hills... Do the cricket public and the our beloved Game a favour, and just go!!! You have already overstayed your welcome by some margin. "You van fool some of the people, some of the time. But you cant fool all of the people, all of the time"... TJ

  • Koos - 2012-03-13 13:59

    It's a culture!

  • Nkosana - 2012-03-13 17:35

    As well as TONY YENGENI et al.

  • Cheslin White - 2012-03-13 19:33

    Leave, go, get out!

  • Jimmy - 2012-03-14 08:36

    The DEVIL made me do it!! Get lost & give cricket back to SA!

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