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Majola debacle may drag on

2012-03-15 16:31

Johannesburg - A decision on Cricket SA's chief executive Gerald Majola's immediate future may not be settled at a board of directors meeting in Johannesburg on Saturday.

The voting members of the CSA board, consisting of the 11 affiliate presidents, have the power to suspend Majola for 180 days, or accept his request for three months' leave of absence.

"[They] may not come to a final decision on Saturday as all kinds of issues need to be considered," CSA spokesperson Michael Owen-Smith said.

The first item on the agenda was to elect a new acting president, after AK Khan resigned from the position at a management committee meeting on Wednesday. The incumbent would then chair the meeting.

"The principal business on the agenda will be the election of a new acting president to serve until the annual general meeting in September, and the Nicholson report."

Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula appointed an inquiry headed by retired judge Chris Nicholson in November, 2011 to investigate CSA's finances.

Khan and CSA audit and risk committee chairman John Blair resigned following the scathing report released last Friday.

According to the report there was a prima facie case that Majola had contravened sections 234, 235 and 236 of the Companies Act, and that the board had protected Majola.

Khan told Talk Radio 702 that, in hindsight, the matter could have been dealt with more expediently.

"I just believe that this particular saga has bedevilled us for so long," Khan said.

"We’ve not been able to bring it to a satisfactory conclusion and I feel we have let the cricketing public of South Africa down and I want to apologise unreservedly for that."

He was confident the board would bring the matter to a close.

"The report is being deliberated by the board now and I’m sure they’ll make their decisions in the next few days going forward."

Last year, former CSA president Mtutuzeli Nyoka was ousted by the board after it carried a motion of no-confidence against him. However, the board could not table a similar motion against Majola as he was an employee of CSA, and not an honorary office bearer.

In a statement issued on Wednesday by Dennis Cruywagen, who calls himself a close associate of the CEO, he said Majola would ask for a three-month leave of absence.

"[This was] so that he can prepare himself to defend his integrity, reputation, and career," Cruywagen said.

Cruywagen said it would be almost impossible for CSA, which previously had acquitted Majola, to now call him to a disciplinary hearing.

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Comments
  • Penny - 2012-03-15 16:36

    Please just fire this corrupt cadre now!!!

      Anthony - 2012-03-15 18:12

      I dont think they will fire him ,because this would require a DECISION and taking decisions is not CSA's strong point just like malema and the ANC's lack of decisions --this thing will drag on for ever

      Grant - 2012-03-15 18:40

      Put him in jail, and have him lose his position by default!

  • Bill - 2012-03-15 16:49

    Two resigned, but Majola clings on? He has done SA cricket no favours, during his reign we have lost all cricket's major sponsors who grew tired of the ambush marketing and lack of exclusivity allowed by Mr Majola and his cohorts. We have had all kinds of scandals and power plays as those at the top jockey for position and power. the gravy train has been ridden, soaked even as teams of officials scoot off to meetings all over the world, flying business class and 1st class without hesitation. We have had board members actually charging the union for services rendered, and excessive fees at that Greed has been the single most important factor as far as these people are concerned, and the sport of cricket has suffered as a result. How many cricket bats and balls could be supplied to lesser privileged communities with the bonuses Mr Majola and his buddies paid themselves??? I think I am going to get sick now........

  • Erich - 2012-03-15 16:58

    It is quite evident that Majola is playing for time. Why on earth is he asking for 3 months leave to prepare for the disciplinary hearing. There is no need to suspend him for 180 days (I see it as the maximum period that the CEO can be suspended). I would suggest that the disciplinary hearing commence within 30 days which will give mr M ample opportunity to prepare himself. This matter had been prolonged for far too long and CSA should make a serious attempt to restore the public's lost faith in this organisation. Every day lost is a day (pay) stolen by someone who is adament to scrape the bottom of the coffers of CSA.

  • Derek - 2012-03-15 17:10

    I could not care less anymore, I've seen and heard enough not to care anymore and say thank goodness the team is no longer call Springboks.

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