Majola in tears at commission

2011-12-06 22:26

Cape Town - Cricket SA (CSA) CEO Gerald Majola burst out in tears after appearing in front of a commission of inquiry into the organisation's bonus scandal.

The Beeld newspaper reports that Majola was in tears when he faced journalists after appearing in Pretoria before the Nicholson Inquiry, chaired by Judge Chris Nicholson.

Majola said the whole ordeal was a "nightmare" for him and his family.

"There have been a lot of misconceptions and unfounded allegations and today (Tuesday) I had the chance to put my side of the story in front of the judge and in front of the public of South Africa," he said.

"At least I’m happy now that people will know what the truth is."

"We could have dealt with the matter totally differently, more quickly and better," he told SAPA.

"Whatever has happened was undesirable. It was totally uncalled for and, as cricket administrators, we all have to take the blame for what has happened."

He was questioned at length about the fact that he and Don McIntosh, the Indian Premier League tournament director and former CSA chief operations officer, received more than two-thirds of a pool of money meant for bonuses after the tournament.

"Fairness is relative. Fairness is if I am happy to pay you for the job you have done," Majola said.

"In my view, if the people who authorised these payments thought the people who got this money deserved it, then it was fair."

Majola earlier 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," he said.

Majola said the CSA board had taken a decision to move forward and to rectify the errors it had made.

"Good governance is key and we will make sure the governance of cricket is clean."

At the end of his oral submission, the inquiry's chairman Judge Chris Nicholson asked Majola if he would have done things differently had he been fully informed of the correct process.

"I would have done so and if the new process says I have to disclose to Remco, I will do so," he said.

"I want to say in front this committee that I commit to clean governance and I commit to excellence. For as long as I am here, meaningful transformation and development structures will be in place."


  • mundu.olewega - 2011-12-06 23:35

    Oh ! and I also commit to being extra greedy...

      adrien.mcguire - 2011-12-08 17:29

      Gerald Majola, you are a first class chop. Of course you think it is fair to put your snout into the trough and suck up 2/3rds of the money when you and McIntosh were the ones that decided on the bonus split. Did you ask anyone else if they thought it was fair, NO, you decided to keep the matter quiet and not tell anyone. Do the honourable thing and resign, Whatever you might have done for cricket (your words , not mine) has been overturned 10 times by the disgrace you have brought to the game, yourself and your family. Tears will not bring you any sympathy, you idiot.

  • Christopher - 2011-12-06 23:50

    Crocodile tears after being caught with his hand in the cookie jar. Ur BUST & to think Hansie was burnt @ the stake mean time back @ the ranch the whole damn boodle are involved! Cricket needs 2 clean up its act & it starts with getting rid of certain key figures @ the top! Cant believe its become such a damn farce. Cheating, swindling, match fixing, corruption & fraud is just not on.

      vlarismam - 2011-12-07 10:54

      LOL - clever man waited for the journous and cameras before breaking down. Sob, sob... my heart breaks for him :-(-

  • Shoe - 2011-12-07 01:07

    Shoe burst into tears reading this article. Still sobbing uncontrollably, Shoe typed in this com-mmm-mmm-e-e-ennnt. '*Sobbb

  • braamc - 2011-12-07 04:29

    Shame, just don't fall terminal and/or collapse.

  • Dennis - 2011-12-07 04:48

    The group of cadres getting caught with their hands in the cookie jar is growing day by day !! You stole go directly to ....... hospital !!

  • Larry - 2011-12-07 05:19

    Bull***t, the lying Toad is an actor.

  • Muhammad Bin Hussain - 2011-12-07 05:31

    He couldn't get sick, crying was the only viable option left. Fire his ass and send hom to be Selebis' cellmate.

  • Zion - 2011-12-07 05:39

    The entire nation also cries at the rate of corruption and theft taking place especially when the payback is filtered down to the taxpayer. (Who is crying in the rainbow)

  • Niekie - 2011-12-07 06:26

    Bet you he wasn't crying and his family was not suffering when he was spending the stolen millions! He is nothing else but a criminal who should go to jail with the rest of his tsotsi buddies!

      Niekie - 2011-12-07 07:49

      The worst off it all is that he was one of the people who blamed the lack of transformation and facilities on white people and apartheid bla bla bla! That money could have been used for exactly that! Just like the rest of his anc buddies, all corrupt and they don't feel a thing for their braddas and sistas! Only there to enrich themselves!

      Peter - 2011-12-07 15:59

      Just remember this probably started with ALI BACHER and his forty thieves many years ago with all the rebel tours, dont tell me they did it for nothing, they are all very wealthy people through cricket and it offshoots, corruption at its best.

  • Ian - 2011-12-07 06:33

    omg, lol, the entire national squad and every domestic player must be laughing at this guy

  • Ian - 2011-12-07 06:34

    those crocodile tears might cause flu like symptoms LOL

  • Beth - 2011-12-07 06:38

    Does the CSA believe that the SA supporters are idiots!? Why would Judge Chris Nicholson ask Majola ... "would you have done things differently had you been fully informed of the correct process?" What did he expect him to say... "Oh no, I would have still "taken" the money. If Majola is as sorry and regretful as he says he is, pay back the money - perhaps then there will be a little substance in his tears and apology. If he's the honourable individual he's making himself to be, then returning that bonus is the only thing to do. Until then, Gerald Majola is a fabricator and should be punished.

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  • Philip - 2011-12-07 06:52

    Gerald you should be going to jail, you're no better than a common criminal. This I'm afraid is only the tip of the iceberg, dig deeper?????? Do not pass begin!

  • Leon - 2011-12-07 06:55

    One assumes that cricket is a gentleman's game. But this is not cricket. How does the Protea team associate with leadership like Cricket SA ?

  • Brendan - 2011-12-07 07:15

    Go to jail - directly to jail - do not pass begin - do not collect undeclared bounuses...

  • Kevin - 2011-12-07 07:17

    And they wonder why the the only sponsors they can get are a cooking oil company...this is another cadre with his snout in the trough....a further consequence of the ANC's racist AA policy.....

  • kwbateman - 2011-12-07 07:19

    So when can we expect the "Bryce Lawrence" type anti Gerald Majola fan page on FB?

  • Eric - 2011-12-07 07:22

    His crying because he just realized that his in for some serious whipass in JAIL!! Tjoekie toe met jou!!!!!!

  • Roy - 2011-12-07 07:39

    This "CEO"/thief and all his fellow buddies who gave themselves these big bonuses should be punished to the fullest and chucked out of CSA. They did not deserve it and to top it all they tried to keep it quiet. Hope SARS etc will take note and investigate There is only one word to describe them "maaifoedies"

  • Roy - 2011-12-07 08:03

    This Majola must be one massive idiot if he thinks anyone will believe one word of what he has said. CSA will only have moved forward once they get rid of these people who tried to steal the money, but top of the list must be Majola. It has now entered the stage where everyone blames the next person but in the end they must all be held accountable.

  • Beverly - 2011-12-07 08:03

    A nightmare for him and his family, now that they are being questioned about it! But while they were enjoying the "fruits of labour" they were living the dream!!!! Crying because he got caught with his hands in the cookie jar!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Laurie - 2011-12-07 08:23

    The best way this common criminal can commit to "clean governance" is to return the money he stole and resign. QED

  • Joe - 2011-12-07 08:39

    How in this world do we end up with rogues like this in such important positions?

      Michael - 2011-12-07 09:09

      Good question!!!

      Kosie - 2011-12-07 10:56

      answer: ANC

      Zion - 2011-12-07 11:44

      Easy, simply vote ANC

  • Michael - 2011-12-07 08:52

    The only reason this tosser is crying is bacause he got caught!!!!!

      rwatermeyer - 2011-12-07 09:07

      No, he's crying because there's a chance he might have to give the money back!

  • Rashaad Hendricks - 2011-12-07 08:55

    Hansie also cried but hansie was man enough to admit his guilt. Remove this moegoe from office already

  • John - 2011-12-07 09:09

    another comrade in it for the money, no morals, now hes been found out, its been an nightmare, why is everyoine being paid bonuses for doing their job !!!!

  • Koos - 2011-12-07 09:16

    mmmm... where ever they go fraud will be following!!!! sies man!!! gah!!!

  • Mark - 2011-12-07 09:21

    Yes Gerald it could have been sorted out much easier if you'd just RESIGNED like a honourable thief caught with his hand in the cookie jar, but NO you want to carry on dragging cricket through the mud. You deserve nothing less than all the attention you're received.

  • rheinhardt.peens - 2011-12-07 09:27

    Boohooo...f'in idiot..

  • Leonard - 2011-12-07 09:30

    Another reason not to watch this game anymore... Who can you trust?? Not the players...Not the administrators....A gentlemans game!!! What a bunch of thieves!!!!!!!!!

  • Mike - 2011-12-07 09:41

    How do we end up with a clown like this running what should be a bussiness, who does not know and understand company law.

  • vblee - 2011-12-07 09:53

    Majola is a crook. He is not really interested in cricket or cricket development. Cricket is just his ticket on the gravy train.

  • rashaad880615 - 2011-12-07 10:23

    so sick of seeing his face on my telly he should be in jail already

  • shaun.t.nicholls - 2011-12-07 10:35

    Shame, poor Gerald. Must be really sensitive considering the nest egg he built for himself.

  • OilHeater - 2011-12-07 11:05

    Wait, does he think he can still stay in power!!! I want him in a cell with Selebi!!!

  • Rod - 2011-12-07 12:05

    I remember as a child girls would start crying when they got into trouble for telling lies in the hope that people would feel sorry for them and the prolem would go away. It seems majola is behaving like a little girl.

  • stephan.herman1 - 2011-12-07 13:34

    hogwash he should resign enough said

  • George - 2011-12-07 13:49

    What a lot of crap Majola. U had plenty time to disclose your bonus's, now everybody is ratting on everybody and I am sure a few heads will roll, you were in charge, you knew everything, your head must go first. Do the honourable thing and resign before u get fired. U are a disgrace to sporting administrators and u were paid R5 million a year?????? And u still gave yourself more??????

  • danie.dewaal - 2011-12-07 15:12

    Is it really that strange to suffer after you have been caught unfairly enriching yourself - basically stealing. Why did he not cry when he took the money. He is an educated, highly intelligent man.

  • Peter - 2011-12-07 15:54

    Its amazing put on a few tears and all is supposed to forgiven, this guy is a bloody thief and should be charged with theft and many company charges which he says he knew nothing about, just another liar in this place, there must be a government job waiting for him in the future

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