Media barred from CSA probe

2011-11-23 11:25

Pretoria - Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula invited the media to attend a probe into the financial affairs of Cricket SA (CSA) in Pretoria on Wednesday, but journalists were then thrown out.

Judge Chris Nicholson, the man heading up the probe, threw out all journalists as they arrived, telling them they could get the information from transcripts to be released on Thursday.

Nobody at the department of sport and recreation's offices in Queen street, Pretoria, could tell journalists why they had received a media invite to an event that they could not attend.

Sports ministry spokesman Manase Makwela could not be immediately reached for comment.

It was not clear whether Judge Nicholson - who tossed out the corruption charges against President Jacob Zuma in the Pietermaritzburg High Court in 2008 - had been informed by the ministry that the media would be attending the inquiry.

The inquiry was announced by Mbalula on November 4 after a KPMG report recommended that CSA's remuneration and travel allowance policy be reviewed, after it found a reported non-disclosure of bonus payments to CSA employees.

KPMG was presenting its report to Nicholson on Wednesday. It was not clear how long the presentation would take.

KPMG found that the bonuses were kept secret from Cricket SA's remuneration committee, with CSA CEO Gerald Majola breaching the Companies Act on at least four occasions, and paying himself R1.8-million from the R4.7-million in bonuses.

The committee includes two senior government officials from the National Treasury - accountant general Freeman Nomvalo and chief director Zoliswa Zwakala.


  • Transkie Sun - 2011-11-23 11:34


      Spyker - 2011-11-23 11:52

      Black Tuesday.., flowing into Black Wednesday.., into the Dark Days ahead... The Editor's forum must get an urgent interdict to access ALL information - it is of fundamental public interest. There are also a range of other legal actions that can be brought against the government (in this case). It is worth noting that Fikile Mbalula, who once appeared to be a lone voice of reason, has SUDDENLY made a massive 180-degree about-turn in the last few day... WHY..?

      James - 2011-11-23 12:07

      Spyker_May - Mbalula has got nothing to do with this,This Chris guy knows a lot...

      Shivaskar - 2011-11-23 14:50

      Fikile Mbalula aka Fickle Balooner, why the non-disclosure? That's not good sportsmanship. Unless you playing a game of Corruption.

  • christophe.leyder - 2011-11-23 11:38

    And so it begins...

  • Peter - 2011-11-23 11:39

    Secrecy bill in action already!!!

      Joe-Moer - 2011-11-23 13:53

      Really a stupid comment. Do you not know that the Judiciary is separate from Government?

  • BoneKollectR - 2011-11-23 11:40

    Corrupt secrecy 'Act' in play already? Beginning of the end of freedom of access to information, and democracy.

  • cadenet.complex - 2011-11-23 11:41

    Use these last articles to comment.. Cause soon there will be none of them.. It will just be about murder and sport disappointment.

  • Larry - 2011-11-23 11:43

    State Secret?

  • Deon - 2011-11-23 11:45

    Communication and planning does not exist in most Gov. departments.

      Alan - 2011-11-23 12:13

      Did you say 'most;? Perhaps you meant 'any'.

      Deon - 2011-11-23 12:57

      Sars is never late in reminding you when you should pay and timely "nogal".

  • Brian - 2011-11-23 12:09

    African National Criminals (ANC). anyone who doesnt have a criminal record will not be allowed to attend any of their meetings.

  • Trevor - 2011-11-23 12:11

    Same goes secrecy bill, going infornt of the Constitutional Court BUT, the ANC has that covered as they saw it coming, who heads that up is slowly but surely tightening it fist...they being taught well by the Chinese...people are totally blind to this...

  • Bheki - 2011-11-23 12:13

    The ANC government invites journalist to an enquiry, an independent judge chase same out of the enquiry, all of you are slating the ANC, UNBELIEVABLE. Tell me what does the Info Bill have to do with the CSA enquiry? Jeez, take a few of your stupid tablets, it's time.

      Gareth - 2011-11-23 12:43

      Perhaps you may want to research a bit more about the intricate alignment of Judges to ANC matters. If its corruption, fraud or general misuse of "our" money it is conveniently kept quite under the carpet. This is in fact everything to do with the impending bill, or perhaps your own freedom and liberty mean nothing to you but they mean everything to me. Are you willingly blind?

      Deon - 2011-11-23 13:01

      The minister forgot to tell the judge of the invites or the judge forgot to tell the minister that it is a closed session. At best it is bad communication, at worst it is a sign of what is going to happen in future.

  • Piet - 2011-11-23 12:40

    CLASSIFIED!!!!!!! We the Cadres has spoken!!!!!

  • Bob - 2011-11-23 13:32

    The judge agree with Black Tuesday? What chance do we have? Well let us get out there and fight this lot, just as many of us did in the former dark days. There is right and there is wrong and no amount of political or judicial expediency can change that.

  • Dave - 2011-11-23 13:36

    Journalists and the media must get used to being barred and left in the dark . . . . . Taste of things to come, now that Zuma, Maharaj and the rest of the thieving ANC have forced thru the "Protection of Idiots" Bill.

  • Zion - 2011-11-23 15:31

    If the media is barred then by implication the paying public is also barred from the info or whatever comes out of that meeting. The game can be played both ways. When the next test or ODI looms on the horizon then the public buy their beer and boom and spend the time in the lounge in front of the TV. I can assure you those CSA bunch will be crying in their Dom Perrignon when they see their potential bonuses are in their moor.

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