Majola 'didn't intend to lie'

2011-11-30 17:05

Johannesburg - Cricket SA chief executive Gerald Majola had not intended lying to the board, CSA audit committee chairman John Blair said on Wednesday.

"That is the finding that we had: that he was not dishonest, that he did it based on previous events and what had transpired in previous events," Blair said in Pretoria.

"As far as we were concerned, he did the same as previously and there was no problem in that."

Blair told the sports ministry's commission of inquiry into cricket that Majola had not followed correct governance procedures when he paid himself bonuses.

The Khan commission, which cleared Majola based on the results of a KPMG audit report, had felt he had not been given enough training in that regard.

"We came out with a finding that there wasn't sufficient fiduciary responsibilities shown by Mr Majola, but that was shown through his naivety," Blair said.

"We accepted that because we all know that Mr Majola is a cricket man and he lives for cricket.

"But he has never, as I can see, had an induction counselling in terms of becoming a director, so he didn't really know what was required of him as a director."

CSA cricket committee chairman Andy O'Connor said the submissions made to the committee by auditing firm KPMG were inconsistent with an executive summary it compiled earlier.

O'Connor told the inquiry he was shocked by KPMG's conduct.

He was asked to read a paragraph from the KPMG report in which the auditing firm said Majola had not wilfully deceived anybody.

"My understanding is that he [Majola] did not wilfully go out of his way to deceive anybody or hide anything from anybody," O'Connor read from the final KPMG report.

However, KPMG's risk and compliance specialist Herman de Beer told the committee last week there were "technical contraventions of the Companies Act".

O'Connor said these revelations had shocked him as CSA had paid KPMG a lot of money to conduct the forensic audit which finally bore contradictions.

Recommendations made by the Khan commission, headed by CSA acting president AK Khan, were debated at length.

All board members with the exception of one had agreed to adopt the recommendations.

"It was a majority decision and [former CSA president] Mtutuzeli Nyoka was present, and Mr [Bernard] Matheson [Nyoka's counsel] was present," O'Connor said.

He said the board was satisfied with the recommendations made by the Khan commission as they also felt that Majola had done an exceptional job in organising the Indian Premier League tournament and deserved bonus payments for his work.

"We felt the profit and the amount of work being done and possible benefits economically to the country warranted those kinds of bonuses," he said.

"I felt it was not out of the ordinary due to the fact the tournament was put in place in four weeks which was an amazing feat, and felt it was a job well done by Majola and [former CSA chief operating officer Don] McIntosh.

Blair said there was not enough evidence to give Majola a stronger sanction.

"Perhaps there were irregularities and certain people could make out that there were problems, but in the interest of cricket we needed to go forward and make decisions," Blair said.

"We came out with the finding that there was not sufficient fiduciary evidence."

Representatives of CSA were giving the only oral presentations to the committee, chaired by Judge Chris Nicholson, on the fifth day of the hearings.


  • Carlo Hayes - 2011-11-30 17:12

    WHAT EVER!!!!!!

      tonybighit - 2011-11-30 17:25

      He didn't have induction counselling? And this is only discovered now...

      Squeegee - 2011-11-30 17:29

      Headline should be: "Majola didn't intend getting caught"

      Warren - 2011-11-30 19:55

      "The Khan commission felt he had not been given enough training", "that was shown through his naivety,". "We accepted that because we all know that Mr Majola is a cricket man and he lives for cricket. Err...OK so now ignorance is a defense and if you love cricket you cannot possibly stuff your pockets cos you love cash too.

      Donovan - 2011-11-30 20:29

      This is what happens when you appoint incompetent people to the position of director. Ignorance is a very poor defence.

      pierre.debeer - 2011-11-30 22:31

      Hansie Cronje also loved cricked and lived for the game!

      Sedick - 2011-12-01 00:14

      Is John Blair an idiot, or did Majola share his self approved bonus with him? How can anyone believe that it is correct to award yourself a bonus when it is not even your company. If we could all do this after "working hard", no company would make a profit - and if we are caught, just say that we did not know it was wrong. The lack of intellect, common sense and integrity of our directors continually astounds me....they stick together to cover up their corruption...

      Bob - 2011-12-01 14:06

      He's a dead giveaway when he lies, his lips move.

      adrien.mcguire - 2011-12-02 17:19

      Naievity, my butt, You would have to have a lower IQ than a Checkers packet, to not realise that you cannot take money out of a company, that you do not own, without approval. It has been proved that he took the money without authorisation, that is theft. He has confessed to that, so that should be an open and shut case in court, when he is charged with embezzlement.And ignorance is no defence.

      adrien.mcguire - 2011-12-02 17:23

      Majola claims he cannot afford to payback the money, well that is just tough. Send in the Asset Forfeture Unit to recover the money, I would love to know whether it appears on his IRP5 document and has he paid tax on it.

  • Ally - 2011-11-30 17:21

    Just another lie! Jeez, when will this man shut up and stop tainitng sport in SA?

      Peter - 2011-11-30 17:49

      Sport in this country is finished, what a load of rubbish all this crap, and nothing will happen, its SOUTH AFRICA what is new, one of the most countries in the world, why not just blame the last government lkie everyhting else.

      Kevin - 2011-11-30 23:32

      He didn't intend to lie! Well he negotiated with the IPL kept his Board in the dark, never told them about the bonus he negotiated with the IPL and then tried to motivate another bonus from CSA. This is not an act of ommission its an act of commission! He is just another corrupt official like Mac Mahara.j

  • ida.mulenga - 2011-11-30 17:23

    This is even worse...essentially they are saying he was never even fit for the job since "he didn't really know what was required of him as a director."....a complete JOKE!!!! Such f***kery..... I have never!!!

  • Larry - 2011-11-30 17:29

    No I bet he didn't. He thought he would not have to explain himself to anyone.

      Peter - 2011-11-30 17:52

      Larry he doesnt have its part of the game???

  • Kenneth - 2011-11-30 17:36

    I was taught at a very young age that ignorance of the Law is not a valid excuse. Majola enjoyed the additional cash without so much as as a squeak. He must suffer the consequences of the law, if the law has the intestinal fortitude to find him guilty. He should also haveto repay the money.

      Peter - 2011-11-30 17:53

      Not going to happen its SOUTH AFRICA, do you expect anything different

      JohhnyBGood - 2011-12-01 08:33

      @Kenneth, That is 100% true. I also had that lesson. Even if you dont know, it doesn't matter to the courts. All the lying, thieving bastards are 'very sorry' only when they get caught...Until then, the gravy train is 'all aboard!'...

  • ivan.coetzee2 - 2011-11-30 17:39

    "Majola had not followed correct governance procedures when he paid himself bonuses" course not you chop, coz he's a greedy pig, like the rest of his ANC cadres

  • ivan.coetzee2 - 2011-11-30 17:41

    KPMG= "Keep Putting Money Guys"

      Peter - 2011-11-30 17:55

      Please someone tell me, what isnt corrupt in this hell hole called SOUTH AFRICA,

      donald.perumal - 2011-11-30 20:24

      KaPut -Money Gauranteed

  • Peter - 2011-11-30 17:46

    And now they are all behind Majola what a pleasant surprise, hands on deck more money for all at cricket south africa, makes me sick, just shoot these bastards, Julius where are you,we need you now????

  • Carlo Hayes - 2011-11-30 17:51

    Come on!!!!!!! How stupid do they think we are????? I'm gonna take it like a slap in my face!!!!

  • Rashaad Hendricks - 2011-11-30 18:01

    I dont believe he is as ignorant as he claims but maybe he is... Either way at very least he needs to be removed from office

  • Kevin - 2011-11-30 18:06

    so here is guy lying to an audit committee. he knows he is lying and yet he doesn't intend to lie. how stupid are we to believe such crap? how long do we have to take this sh1t? everyday there is one or other story about corruption. I'm gatvol!!!

  • Alva - 2011-11-30 18:06

    What complete and utter BS! If Majola was too stupid to handle the position and was not aware of correct procedures, what the hell was he doing there in the first place? Utter crap! Hope SARS are looking into whether or not he paid tax on the bonuses! Caught with the hand in the cookie jar is what it is!

  • Yar - 2011-11-30 18:07

    Someone who lies without intending to do so has to be a congenital iar. "It just happened your honour, I didn't mean to lie! Oops, it just slipped out. A lot. But its OK now, Trust me!" "And, what's more, the money just slipped into my bank account by accident."

  • Carlo Hayes - 2011-11-30 18:13

    No seriously I believe you majola!! I also stole money from my boss but I didn't know it was his, I thought it was mine.

  • Ben - 2011-11-30 18:14

    Without intending he can now repay the amount he received

  • Madulla - 2011-11-30 18:19

    Majola is in his 11th year as CEO of Cricket South Africa. And in all that time, he never, "had an induction counselling in terms of becoming a director, so he didn't really know what was required of him as a director." So! You become a director of a company but you don't have a clue what is required of you!! What an absolutely feeble excuse given by Blair. You keep awarding yourself 'undeclared' bonuses but don't bother to find out whether you are allowed to do so!! My bet is that Majola has done this many, many times before. Are there any bookmakers out there willing to give odds on more bonus scandals, involving Majola, being exposed? This logic of not knowing your "fiduciary responsibilities" is absolute bullsh!$. Majola stole money that should have been used for development. If Majola is a, "cricket man and he lives for cricket", then he would have thought of putting the interest of the game first and the lining of his pocket, last. One of CSA's vision statement is, "Implementing good governance based on King 2, and matching diligence, honesty and transparency to all our activities". Majola, you have obviously failed to read the vision and mission statements of CSA. Your reputation is tarnished and unfortunately you have now tainted the name of CSA as well. And oh yes, thanks in part to the 'Cricket Board Of Stooges' for your helping hand in accepting the fraud committed by Majola!

  • Deon - 2011-11-30 19:53

    well if he hadnt had enough training to do the job Why is he there? ok so lets lie again like we did before cos we got away with it.......This whole thing is a farce and a stinking farce whereby SOMEONE should take resposibility and clean out the rot and find these things incompetant and guilty!! sickens the mind to think thats the calibre of a national sports body, but hey look at the results and status's of the rest of the government

  • Walter - 2011-11-30 20:58

    What a corrupt bunch of unethical administrators! Going around with the truth as it suits them. Imagine "Majola did not intend to lie" My goodness. Must admit they are good with excuses and actually getting idiots to believe them. Reminds me of the "Give me Hope Johanna" song where he refers to the Apartheid Regime as haveing a good explanation for everything. Please all of you just go.

  • Alan - 2011-12-01 08:23

    When you see the brief clips of AK Khan and Blair on TV justifying their inaction against Majola you can see exactly why he thought he could get away with all this thieving. What a pathetic bunch...the real cricket lovers of South Africa should just walk away from supporting this mess, just like the sponsors are doing. And the sports ministry talks about "Top Three" positions in the world for most of our major sports by 2020....please just give us a break from all this fanciful "planning" the likes of Tubby Reddy and Ray Mali are so brilliant at. These visions of brilliance and achievement are all designed to take the public's eyes off these administrators helping themselves to all all the easy cash whilst denying the true sportsmen the necessary assets and support they require to achieve their potential. Watching soap operas are more fun than watching South African sport at this time.

  • Beth - 2011-12-02 09:08

    Unfortunately for the many law-abiding citizens of this country, the chances of "the law" determining the legality of what these greedy people have done, as with most of the corruption by the "powers that be" in this country, will be at best a slap on the wrist. The state of South African sport in general is bleak, not only for the avid South African supporters of our various teams, but our the reputation of our country and its people continues to be besmirched all over the world. When our sportsmen and women do not deliver on what is expected of them they are 'dropped', but our administrators and selectors can clearly be left to their own devices and pilfer, lie and pass the buck continuously. Personally, until such time as the Sporting Bodies of this country, in particular CSA - as I've been an avid cricket supporter for decades, I will not contribute in any way whatsoever to their coffers. So, when the likes of Gerald Majola is wondering why the Wanderers, Newslands, SuperSport Park, etc. are not filled to capacity or being supported, someone will need to gently remind him that the supporters of this country are no longer going to contribute to his personal wealth.

  • Kevin - 2011-12-04 09:24

    So Mr Majola, you took the job without knowing how to do it, continued to prove that you didn't know how to do and then claim that a lot of the the wrong things you have done for SA Cricket are because you didn't know how to do your job. So what the hell you are still doing in the position??? We need seriously to get over the New South Africa and move on to a Newer South Africa where people get paid for doing a good job, get things right and actually have an interest and passion for the job they're doing. Problem is that wherever there's money, there's money-bees.

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