Mbalula slams attack on judge

2012-03-16 12:24

Johannesburg - Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula on Friday bemoaned attacks on retired judge Chris Nicholson's credibility.

"It's unfortunate that people can actually do that," he said in Johannesburg.

"I think everyone, including [CSA chief executive officer] Mr [Gerald] Majola, knows what the right thing to do is."

Mbalula was responding to reports earlier this week from Dennis Cruywagen, who called himself a close associate of Majola's, that questioned Nicholson's credibility and said he was not impartial.

The minister was briefing reporters on the findings of a ministerial committee, headed by Nicholson, which investigated the affairs of Cricket South Africa.

An external audit in 2011 found Majola had contravened sections 234, 235 and 236 of the Companies Act.

The ministerial committee concluded that the CSA board were complicit in a cover-up to protect Majola.

CSA's board of directors will meet on Saturday to discuss the Nicholson report and its recommendation to suspend Majola for 180 days, pending a disciplinary hearing.

Mbalula said he accepted the findings of the Nicholson report, adding that he hoped all the recommendations would be put into effect.

"If you are found to be on the wrong side [of the law], we'll take the necessary steps," he said.


  • Hein - 2012-03-16 13:03

    Why suspend him for 6 months? The facts are on the table. Convene a disciplinary hearing in the next week, fire him and move forward...

  • Anthony - 2012-03-16 13:17

    im starting to enjoy fikile--- go go go ---just do it --fire the lot of them -especially kahn---fikile for president

      Dennis - 2012-03-16 13:46

      All he is doing is giving majola an extra 6 months leave and salary !!!

  • RSole - 2012-03-16 13:18

    I think Cruywagen is backing the wrong mule.

  • Ian - 2012-03-16 13:24

    It seems strange that someone who has nothing can be put behind bars for stealing bread, but steal millions as a white collar worker and you get paid/leave? No wonder it seems like a good idea to ride the Gravy Train, its a triple play/pay. The money you steal, your money while suspended, and some leave? I wish i had a extra 150 days leave..... Cee yoU Next Tuesday Society

      Heiku - 2012-03-16 14:44

      Yeah. And if it really hits the fan then you just play sick and stay at home

  • Deon - 2012-03-16 13:24

    Majola will be gone tomorrow.

      billyboy6 - 2012-03-16 14:11

      So should the board be. I think they should all resign or dissolve themselves for a new untainted board to be elected

  • Mark - 2012-03-16 13:36

    Until this mess is all sorted out all South Africans should boycott all Protea Cricket matches. We should stay away from live games and not watch their teleivised games. It seems that this will be the only solution as these greedy officials are not in the least one bit worried about South African cricket fans.

  • Roy - 2012-03-16 14:08

    Dennis Cruywagen most probably also got a lot of money out the kitty and would say these things. He too should do the honorable thing and get out of cricket. If Majola and the rest of CSA do not resign they should all be fired by the sports minister.

  • Carolyn - 2012-03-16 14:39

    blah blah blah, how many times must there be an investigation until the finding is guilty GET OUT you have dragged our name through the mud LEAVE NOW!!!

  • KaVuyo - 2012-03-16 14:40

    it ws ths Nicholson hu made Mbeki to resign* dnt 4gt*

  • Frans - 2012-03-17 09:33

    Wait till the appeal processes start, followed by the appeal against the appeal.

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