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Sascoc points finger at Mbalula

2011-11-28 22:28

Pretoria - The SA Sports and Olympic Committee's (Sascoc) CEO Tubby Reddy told a committee of inquiry on Monday that sports Minister Fikile Mbalula contravened the Sports Act when dealing with the Cricket South Africa (CSA) scandal.

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Reddy said Sascoc was invited to the CSA board meeting where the KPMG forensic audit report was presented in July.

The report indicated that CSA CEO Gerald Majola allegedly withheld information after receiving bonus payments for hosting the 2009 Indian Premier League (IPL) and Champions Trophy tournaments.

It found that Majola reportedly received further bonuses from CSA for the same work and that he had breached the Companies Act in four instances.

Reddy said Sascoc recommended seeking legal advice on the non-disclosure of the bonus payments.

Advocate Azhra Bham, who looked into the breaches, made recommendations at a board meeting in August.

Reddy said that despite Bham and the then CSA president Mtutuzeli Nyoka’s legal counsel concluding that there was non-disclosure on the bonus issue, the board decided to merely reprimand Majola.

He revealed that Sascoc’s hands were tied as it had not initiated an inquiry and it had to make peace with the board’s unanimous decision.

"The Sascoc board have not expressed any opinion on the findings because we had to give a brief to the minister (Mbalula) as to what transpired," Reddy said.

"We did not engage on what was right or wrong on what was transpiring because we had not conducted any investigation as such."

He said Mbalula had engaged with the CSA board even before Sascoc was called in to be part of the process, which was in contravention of the Sports Act.

"Unfortunately it didn’t work according to the Sports Act, which says that Sascoc should be investigating in the first instance and if we can’t find resolution for whatever reason we then take it to the minister," he said.

"But in this case, the minister got involved from day one with the CSA board, so we never had an opportunity to investigate this issue."

In hindsight, he thought the process was not resolved appropriately and he hoped the committee would find what the appropriate action should be taken against whoever was guilty of wrongdoing.

The issue of an alleged R68 million in "missing" funds was a sticking point during Reddy’s submission.

Nyoka, who has since been ousted, claimed that these funds were misappropriated from the CSA account which arose from the IPL tournament.

Reddy said KPMG had told Sascoc that there was no evidence of the R68 million being missing, that "every cent had been accounted for" and that there was also no misappropriation.

The committee, however, contested that KPMG said it could not find misappropriation of funds which it thought was a different question to whether they could find any evidence of this.

"They were also asked at the end of that session that they needed to adjust their report to capture what they had answered in terms of those two questions," Reddy said.

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Comments
  • Peter - 2011-11-28 23:06

    This Tubby Reddy is as dirty as the rest of them of with his head as well???

      Kopraal SilverStar Mohloli - 2011-11-29 00:13

      m actually thnkn wtf where they (SASCOC) doing all along? Mbalula got involvd in ths mess in the last minutes, CSA removd Nyoka initially nd Mbalula said they shd sort their issues out, and SASCOC did nun, m all 4 non involvement of politicians in sports bt there r exceptions, e.g. Bafana embarrasing us consistently, and money which is supsd to go towards sport development being mishandled bo Majola and c, ths Reddy is smoking iets unhealthy!

      Juicecard - 2011-11-29 03:41

      Shame on Tubby, doesn`t have conscience.

  • chris.khanye - 2011-11-29 00:34

    Remember 1997 Pickard Commission of Inquiry into the affairs of SA soccer? The Judge's recommendations were mostly ignored and only one man was the sacrificial lamb - Bra Solomon Stix Morewa. This culminated in Morewa resigning from the sport and in my book - it was the biggest travesty of justice in SA soccer to date. This isn't just rhetoric but - during Morewa's tenure SA soccer improved so much that in 1996 we won our first AFCON Cup. But what do we have today? A SAFA that doesn't have time to read and understand simple rules governing soccer in the continent. As a result Bafana-Bafana simply danced and celebrated not qualifying for the 2012 final. When last did Bafana play competitively in the continent? When last did a PSL club advance to the last round in the continent's clubs competition? Is there any meaningful and constructive communication between SAFA and PSL? Today's shenanigans in SA soccer may be attributed to selectively implementing the Pickard Commission recommendations then. In 1997 SA soccer had a chance to rid itself not only of Stix Morewa but a number of present soccer administrators. And today SA soccer is suffering the consequences of inaction in 1997. Before it was apartheid that excluded us from competitive soccer, but today it's SAFA's self-imposed exile. Botswana were the first Southern African country to qualify for 2012 AFCON, when Bafana were celebrating not qualifying. Cricket SA will also have one chance to rid itself the self-centred.

  • Mark - 2011-11-29 05:14

    Fikile Mbalula is one of the few ministers who is seen to be doing his job.

      Dirk - 2011-11-29 06:17

      Surely, if you believe that, then you will believe ANYTHING

      mpumi.mbaxa - 2011-11-29 07:43

      you are right Mark.Dirk is a Dirk

      Peter - 2011-11-29 09:32

      what are you smoking,/// are you kidding, work in the sack with some chick or what////

      Hasane - 2011-11-29 12:27

      He is trying to prove a point remember that he is juju's role model since he failed to understand the Sport Act.

  • graham.stapleton - 2011-11-29 06:05

    Mbalula should set up a board of inquiry into SASCOC too!

      mpumi.mbaxa - 2011-11-29 07:44

      I agree Graham

      Peter - 2011-11-29 09:49

      He should set up an inquiry into his own life and marriage///////

  • Roy - 2011-11-29 07:18

    The whole bloody CSA is corrupt and Sascoc as well,and this has been proven,so why waste time with investigations,sack the whole damn lot and choose people who can run CSA & Sascoc,forget about affirmative action and make the right choices immaterial of peoples colour. We are the laughing stock of world sports and all because of our sports administrators who are all crooks.

  • Anton - 2011-11-29 07:54

    What a mess!! Majola has been using CSA funds as if it is his own piggy bank.

  • phangolicious - 2011-11-29 07:58

    Someone is shaking in his pants!! for the investigations are pointing in SASCOC direction ...... "hahahaha"

  • Michael - 2011-11-29 08:30

    We asked for investigation into SASCOC long time ago and the only person who would do that was Mr B. Khompela. What hapend to him? He was removed from his position. SASCOC is rotten to the CORE. Tabby must fisrt tell us how he was appointed as CEO of SASCOC. I can tell you now SASCO!!!! YOUR turn is coming.

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