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Majola stays mum for now

2012-03-13 12:27

Johannesburg - Cricket SA boss Gerald Majola would on Tuesday not comment on a media report that he had asked for a private meeting with Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula.

“I can’t speak now if you’re going to ask me about the Nicholson inquiry, but I will be releasing a statement tomorrow [Wednesday],” Majola said.

“So just wait for the media release to come out.”

Majola has insisted he is innocent after a ministerial inquiry recommended he be suspended and made to repay a R1.75 million bonus payment.

"Everybody knows that I declared the money at a board meeting. The only thing I did not do was to put it in writing," Majola told The New Age newspaper.

He said the inquiry had taken its toll on him.

"I don't know what's going on. This is a very difficult time in my life. These things do happen. I've been involved in cricket administration for 12 years and I have never in my life faced a disciplinary committee," he said.

Majola returned to his office on Monday after attending an International Cricket Council meeting in Dubai.

The CSA board had said it would meet on Saturday to discuss the recommendations of the inquiry that it had failed to implement findings by auditing firm KPMG.

CSA spokesperson Michael Owen-Smith confirmed there would be a management committee meeting on Wednesday evening, followed by a CSA board meeting in Johannesburg on Saturday.

The board meeting was scheduled in response to the report made to the CSA on Thursday by the inquiry, which was appointed by Mbalula in November 2011 and headed by retired judge Chris Nicholson.

CSA had also said the board would make a decision and report back to Mbalula by April 9. However, with growing impatience from both the cricket fraternity and the public, it could respond earlier.

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Comments
  • Britney - 2012-03-13 12:35

    Fat greedy pigs running all our beloved sporting codes... doesn't take much too corrupt these days...

      Britney - 2012-03-13 12:37

      whats the point of a committee if you don't act on its recommendations...? Fire the baffoon!

      Koketso - 2012-03-16 13:48

      shows what a lady you are! Do you know this fat greedy pig you speak of? The man is also a father, hisband, uncle and all the family titles that fall under the sun. How would you feel if I could you a Fat Slut? Doesnt go down well? I thought so

  • Henk - 2012-03-13 12:48

    majola wil jy nou die minister ook gaan bribe soos wat jy met die ksa direksie gedoen het?

  • dave.leverton - 2012-03-13 12:52

    Let me guess - he also wants forgiveness for doing nothing wrong ?

  • basie.pretorius - 2012-03-13 13:21

    With a face like that how can he be innocent

  • Praveen - 2012-03-13 13:30

    Majola's supporters / protectors should also be investigated and if found guilty of misdeeds be removed. They had a hand in voting Nyoka out and there must have been some 'reward' for their support.

  • Shane - 2012-03-13 13:51

    Majola says: "These things do happen." That's funny, because, they don't. First thing I would have done with the additional cash is pumped into development. That is what his job is, isn't it? Perhaps if they would promote administrators up the ranks (life-long sport administrators) who are there FOR THE SPORT, then these things wouldn't happen.

  • Mike - 2012-03-13 13:56

    Surely the entire board should GO as they are the ones that tried to cover this up.

  • Rudi - 2012-03-13 14:47

    Wow, I'm the only guy here who had a positive comment about Gerald and got deleted. So much for giving him the benefit of the doubt.

      Jeffrey - 2012-03-13 16:29

      What doubt?

      Britney - 2012-03-13 16:44

      because you stated a whole bunch of unsubstantiated garbage, with no facts to back it up.... like Jeff says what 'doubt? Wake up and smell the coffee...

  • Roy - 2012-03-13 15:21

    You know you and other members of the CSA board STOLE the money. Do the honorable thing and return all the monies that you earned for the past 12 years because no doubt this is when you started filling your pockets. Hopefully you might avoid jail but honestly I wish they would punish you severely.

  • shane.swiegers - 2012-03-13 15:32

    Gerald just admit your guilt, and step down... quietly

  • Koketso - 2012-03-16 13:49

    Whatever happened to being impartial, everybody makes mistakes. It is saddening what "mules" people are. All those that comment on CSA saga have no inkling on what the CEO has done for the organisation in the past 12 years. CSA has enough money to run with or without sponsors. Has anybody looked at the good that the man has done instead of focusing on his bad deeds? Gerald Majola is a man of integrity who after being accused of all these things actually admitted to wrongdoing instead of hiding behind them. The man just wanted the whole saga to remain an internal issue; look what happened once the media got hold of the 'story' sponsors backed down not because of 'maladministration' but because nobody wants to be seen as supporting something that is not 'stable'. LET THE MAN SPEAK, then you can decide.

  • Vic - 2012-03-16 15:29

    Koketso. What the hell are you talking about.?? You're as much of a bloody fool as Majola....you're trying to make out "he's innocent until proven guilty".???? He's been found guilty, on at least 2 occasions, by independent enquiries.!! Good heavens man. you've obviously got your head either stuck in the sand, or up your arse.??!! So what if he's a fathert, husband, uncle etc etc.....what the hell has it got to do withh anything.?? We're all some of those things...you too of course, but if one is a BUFFOON, SCUMBAG, THIEF etc., then that's what you are,......end of story.!!

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