Majola must pay back bonus

2012-04-26 19:45

Johannesburg - Suspended Cricket South Africa (CSA) Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Gerald Majola and former CSA Chief Operations Officer (COO) Don McIntosh must repay millions of rands in underhanded bonus payments, Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula confirmed on Thursday.

However, other members of CSA staff, who received a portion of R4.7 million in bonuses after the cricket body hosted the 2009 Indian Premier League tournament, would not be expected to pay back the money.

"The Nicholson report did not talk about a blanket approach in the recovery of bonuses," Mbalula said.

"The money will only be recovered from top management who received bonuses unlawfully." Mbalula was speaking after he met with the CSA board in Johannesburg on Thursday to discuss the cricket body's response to recommendations made by a ministerial inquiry led by retired judge Chris Nicholson.

Majola, who received R1.7m, and McIntosh, who got R1.4m shortly before he resigned from his post in July 2009, received two thirds of the total amount given to 40 members of CSA staff. The bonuses were not cleared by the cricket body's board or the remuneration committee.

Majola bore the brunt of the ministerial inquiry, which McIntosh escaped relatively unscathed, but Mbalula said his bonus would be recovered.

"A civil process will be launched for those outside CSA to be pursued." Mbalula believed this step was among a number of positive moves by CSA in the aftermath of the long-running bonus scandal.

"The appointment of a new acting president [Willie Basson], a new acting CEO [Jacques Faul], the disciplinary process of the incumbent CEO [Majola], the recovering of bonuses and a steering committee to restructure the governance procedures of CSA are the first steps in restoring public confidence and that of sponsors and other stakeholders." Mbalula said the CSA board would remain in office until its annual general meeting (AGM) at the end of September.

"This is being done in the best interests of stability and taking the game forward for the benefit of all its stakeholders," he said.

The board had not been asked to step down, Mbalula said. The executive members would be eligible for re-election at the AGM.

"The decision as to who will stand on the board will depend on the members of CSA because people must be elected to the board.

"We [the ministry] can't determine for them who will be eligible to stand." Mbalula said Majola and McIntosh did not yet face prosecution for their roles in the scandal, as there was an ongoing investigation.

"We have been informed that the Hawks are on top of the issue. Everyone is presumed innocent until proven otherwise."


  • Warren - 2012-04-26 19:56

    Awesome,now add the arms deal money,Aurora lot,SAA donations and we halfway there to sort the tolls out #thieves.

      Sean - 2012-04-26 22:38

      This is a drop in the ocean !! What about all these corrupt ANC officials ??? 21 + bil ????

      Amanda - 2012-04-27 09:46

      What about the R45million spent on the party for sports award last week, that is ridiculous! What a waste.

      goyougoodthing - 2012-04-27 10:28

      He should be IN JAIL let alone having to pay it back ffs

      Gunner - 2012-04-30 08:02

      What about Ali Bacher???...5 million for hosting the 2003 WC

  • Burtfred - 2012-04-26 20:01

    Put Afrikaners in charge and things get sorted out. I am not an Afrikaner, but I have always respected their ability to organize and administer. Put a BEE chap in charge and organization and administration no longer matters - only money does.

      Sean - 2012-04-26 22:40

      @Burtfred - Can`t agree more with you ! That is a fact !!

      Chad - 2012-04-27 07:36

      Someone like pw botha? No thanks!!!!!!!!

      colin.steyn.5 - 2012-04-27 08:17

      @ Chad . PW made his mistakes, but he still had an abundance of integrity, which is more than a lot of people. So let's keep him out of this.

      Gladstone - 2012-04-27 09:16

      @Burtfred your afrikaners are just like these Majolas. They are denying our Black kids an access in rugby.

      Danny - 2012-04-27 09:28

      You obviously don't watch Carte Blanche - most oif the corruption stories are about Afrikaners I'm sad to say, but your BEE comment is true.

      Chad - 2012-04-27 10:49

      For the extremely ignorant, please google, "Apartheid Grand Corruption", compiled by Hennie Van Vuuren for the Institute of Security Studies, May 2006. Read it before giving thumbs down.....

  • nkadimeng - 2012-04-26 20:05

    we need that money, it is our money. we have had enough of your dirty deeds, bastards.

  • Jim - 2012-04-26 20:28

    Gerald you are a leech and a primitive.

  • Hans Heydra - 2012-04-26 20:45

    Realistically speaking... The money is gone... Good luck.

      colin.dovey - 2012-04-26 21:24

      Aurora Mine "Assets" held by the Zuma "balloon man" were auctioned for R160 000, and they were owed R10 000 000! - Majola and Co are very them.

      Sean - 2012-04-26 22:42

      @ Xavier7034- Read my comment 2nd from the top. This is a drop in the ocean , what about all those corrupt ANC officials ??? 20% from the GDP goneeeeeeeeeeeee !!!

  • sandy.langenstrass - 2012-04-26 20:59

    Hope it is a case of Majola has to pay back. If it comes back into the CSA should be used to develop our youngsters ...who sit in the wings waiting their turn.

  • Neville - 2012-04-26 21:19

    Majola must give the money back and ask the ANC Comrades to bring all the money they got through Corruption ,

      Wally Walters - 2012-04-26 22:28

      WAFL Millions of stolen money from taxpayers he never even lifted a F cricket bat in his entire life

  • Kevin - 2012-04-26 22:33

    With the appropriate interest, I hope?

  • Ken - 2012-04-26 23:11

    Now you must fire the Scumbag as well!

  • Nikki Bodenstein - 2012-04-27 01:00

    Take that money and use it to fix the bloody roads! And how bout making our corrupt government pay back all our tax money they stole and putting it into services!

  • PRETTDI - 2012-04-27 01:09

    Well thumbs up 4 efforts made 2 root out corruption, I'm sure Mbalula is milking this 4 all its worth! He will go dwn in histry as the Minister who blew the lid on the CSA bonus scandal, 4 dat a job well-done bt u of all ppl shud knw dat 2 err is human! Already the Minister has resorted 2 his normal public display of a tongue lash! LoL Mbalula! Well its your shine use it productively!

      Irene - 2012-04-30 16:27

      Actually it wasn't Mbalula - it was Nyoka.

  • Gladstone - 2012-04-27 01:12

    Okay Bra Fik's, it's a job well done. Now come to SAFA.

  • Roy - 2012-04-27 05:15

    Good! He must also pay the interest back he got on this money. Him and ALL those who received bonuses should pay back every cent and they should all be thrown out of CSA never to be involved in cricket again. From the beginning he,Majola was dishonest and tried to cover up his dishonesty so let him suffer.

  • Michael Kleber - 2012-04-27 06:27

    Ag no Minister that is not in the spirit of the ANC , paying back what you take illegally i must consult the ANC handbook on corruption , does not sound right , being caught is punishment enough

  • marumobongani - 2012-04-27 08:13

    whaaaaaaaaaat pay it back I rather do time in jail

  • Raymond - 2012-04-27 08:27


  • Rachel-Mari - 2012-04-27 08:49

    what about Khoza and the soccer "heads" who received so much bonuses (they paid themselves) and soccer is in a pathetic state still no developement ,and Absa didn't blink an eye ...who is at the helm of ABSA !!!!!

  • Brendan - 2012-04-27 09:22

    We moan when nothing is done.. So well done to the Minister for helping get this process running the right way. Hope it continues.

  • ndyeboreginaldmazawule - 2012-04-27 12:42

    Great radical indeed mr Mbalula, I quote, \Unless u want to counted amongst those who are corrupt\ Well done, now u need to check out SAFA.

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