Majola likely to get the sack

2012-03-11 17:27

Johannesburg - The chop could come for Gerald Majola as early as Wednesday, when the executive committee of Cricket South Africa (CSA) meets in Johannesburg to discuss his dismissal and possible successors.

City Press has been reliably informed that the emergency meeting was called barely an hour after Judge Chris Nicholson announced his damning findings following a four-month inquiry into the alleged mismanagement by Majola, CSA’s longest-serving CEO.

Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula is expected to brief president Jacob Zuma on the matter on Monday.

On Tuesday Mbalula, who set up and instituted the inquiry in November to look into the affairs of CSA, is expected to make an announcement on which of Nicholson’s recommendations will be enforced on CSA.

After CSA’s failure to implement certain recommendations by auditing firm KPMG, the ball is now in Mbalula’s court to act and failure to do so would reduce the inquiry to a futile exercise and be tantamount to a waste of taxpayer’s money.

“The KPMG report recommended that CSA should seek legal advice from senior counsel. Both Advocates Azhar Bham SC and Paul Pretorius SC endorsed the fact that the allegations against Majola were serious and that he had contravened the Companies Act, by failing to carry out his fiduciary duty to disclose to CSA all matters relevant to the said bonuses. Pretorius concluded that Majola should face a disciplinary hearing,” said Nicholson.

However, the CSA board gave Majola a slap on the wrist.

The country’s cricket head has been fighting for survival since it was revealed in August 2010 that he and close on 40 other employees received millions of rands of unauthorised bonuses for hosting the Indian Premier League (IPL) tournament and the Champions’ Trophy in 2009.

Nicholson found there was “overwhelming evidence” that Majola had contravened the Companies Act. He recommended that he should not only be suspended for a period of 180 days and should appear before a disciplinary committee, but that the National Prosecuting Authority should also look into the possibility of criminal charges against him.

Majola himself was at a meeting of the International Cricket Council (ICC) in Dubai when Nicholson announced his findings at Loftus Versfeld on Friday.

In his absence, CSA’s management committee will call for legal advice on Wednesday on how to get rid of him, but it has apparently already been agreed in principle that he should be immediately suspended, should face a disciplinary hearing and be criminally charged.

This is a surprising turnaround, since the core of the committee - acting president AK Khan and CSA cricket committee head Andy O’ Connor - have in the past squarely supported Majola.

The controlling body’s executive is also planning to meet this week – despite the fact that CSA said on Friday that it would only respond to the Nicholson report by April 9.

This executive has come to Majola’s rescue three times already, but has now apparently finally turned against this official from the Eastern Cape and will insist on his resignation.

Mbalula studied the report last week and met with several Government officials and legal experts. According to City Press’s sources, it’s unlikely that Majola will actually serve a prison sentence, but will probably have to pay a stiff fine and possibly have to repay his approximately R1,8m bonus to CSA.

Meanwhile, the search for a possible successor is going ahead full steam. CSA is apparently very interested in Haroon Lorgat, whose term as International Cricket Council CEO ends in June.

Lorgat (51) was formerly the Proteas’ head selector, but his term at the head of world cricket was overshadowed by, among other things, the fiasco at the final of the 2007 World Cup tournament in Barbados, the terrorist attack on the Sri Lanka team in Lahore in March 2009 and the match-fixing scandal for which three Pakistani players last year received prison sentences.

The name of North-West Cricket Union head Jacques Faul has already been touted as a temporary replacement until a full-time appointment is made.

City Press

  • Graeme DonnieDarko Barbour - 2012-03-11 17:48

    Is there anywhere where ANC placed cadres are not involved in corruption? Not matter what it is, be it sport bodies (why have a politician in charge?), parastatals or govt bodies, where ANC cadres are involved there is corruption!

      HandyAndy - 2012-03-11 21:57

      I couldn't agree more, it is almost without exception, that the ANC cadres deployed in positions of power, have been involved in corruption or gross mismanagement. Enough is enough !! It is time that the matter of cadre deployment is tested in the Constitutional Court. It flies in the face of every principal of fair labour practice.Whilst I am not a supporter of AA, ones political affiliation should definitely not be a measure of suitability to hold a position, outside of government. Sporting codes are not within the ambit of government, and the international bodies prohibit any form of political interference in the sport, and for good reason. The prophecies of the book '1984' have never been truer, as in this country, where the government is attempting to control every aspect of our lives.

  • Andrew - 2012-03-11 18:06

    the whole bloody board needs the axe especially Khan and O''Conner appoint people who really care about the game not lining their pockets.

      Irene - 2012-03-11 20:28

      Exactly! The whole board must be fired. They voted Nyoka out and it's only now that they are included in the blame for all this, that they're suddenly turning on Majola, only to protect their own asses. Fire the lot!

  • Johnson - 2012-03-11 18:06

    why are we not surprised - can any of these people do anything in life without helping themselves first - transformation in sport is not working. Appointment of people in leadership positions based on race is wrong

  • Gerald - 2012-03-11 18:10

    It probably won't happen, but Majola should be criminally prosecuted and made to pay back all the money he has stolen and defrauded

      Robin - 2012-03-11 19:34

      Right, and should have been summarily sacked a long time ago.

      Dino - 2012-03-11 20:13

      Agreed Robin

      Clive - 2012-03-12 07:40

      Amen to that Gerald!

  • Cracker - 2012-03-11 18:14

    If you lie and deceive to the loss of others it is fraud/theft. The whole lot should be prosecuted. What is so difficult?

  • Stormkaap - 2012-03-11 18:35

    And what about Mr Khan who tried to cover up even more!

      Irene - 2012-03-11 20:29

      He's the second one that must go. The NPA needs to do a thorough audit going back to the day Majola and the present board started at CSA. Plenty, plenty money has been pocketed.

  • william.nettmann - 2012-03-11 20:17

    "Lorgat (51) was formerly the Proteas’ head selector, but his term at the head of world cricket was overshadowed by, among other things, the fiasco at the final of the 2007 World Cup tournament in Barbados, the terrorist attack on the Sri Lanka team in Lahore in March 2009 and the match-fixing scandal for which three Pakistani players last year received prison sentences." I see a "but" joining the first part of this sentence to the second, but I can't see any connection between him being the head selector for the Proteas and events that occurred during his term as the CEO of the ICC. I clearly don't know enough about cricket.

  • Tariq - 2012-03-11 20:47

    Lorgat was not ceo of the icc in 2007. He became ceo in 2008. Get your facts right, city press.

  • Kevin - 2012-03-12 06:34

    Fire and get the money back. Away with thugs

  • comurray - 2012-03-12 08:44

    It has taken them a bloody long time to pin point where corruption lies within the cricket board of management and during that time they were able to line their pockets with even more bonuses.

  • Vincent - 2012-03-12 10:08

    Majola is a crook, "finish and klaar", and should have resigned sometime ago. Regarding CSA'a payment for his family's travelling expenses, he should have paid the entire amount back when he realized that the travel agent billed CSA and not his personal credit card account, the fact that he only made a partial payback bears evidence to the fact that his motives were not honest, and that it was not a mistake as was reported in RAPPORT of yesterday. I also failed to understand why he was rewarded bonuses) for the fact that our country hosted the IPL on short notice and a s a contingency arrangement because of security concerns in India. He does not own this country, so why should he have received such a bonus in the first place? The tournament was definitely not held on his farm, if he has one, and for which he would have had ownership rights, which would have legitimately entitled him to charge a fee for hosting the tournament. My bigger concern is the fact that he tarnished the legacy of non-white sport administrators. He should not even be suspended but fired straight away,

  • Dennis - 2012-03-12 10:40

    He deserves nothing less BUT WHAT ABOUT THE REST OF THEM ?????????????

  • Dwain - 2012-03-12 11:16

    i salute Mr.Nyoka for exposing these "fat cats." it shows that the whole board was in this scandal because Mr.Nyoka was the only member fighting against this and the rest wanted him fired.

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