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Suspend Majola - Arendse

2012-01-17 16:45

Pretoria - Cricket SA (CSA) CEO Gerald Majola should be placed on special leave or suspended, former CSA president Norman Arendse said on Tuesday.

Arendse said an acting CEO should subsequently be put in place pending the results of an independent disciplinary committee.

He said the current debacle surrounding CSA was indicative of what he had experienced during his time at the cricket body with Majola.

"All of us involved in cricket have created this environment; it is like the Frankenstein that is out of control," Arendse said.

"Because you allowed the CEO to get away with it."

Arendse was testifying in Pretoria before a ministerial committee of inquiry into the affairs of CSA.

The probe was prompted by questions over undeclared bonus payments Majola and others received from the Indian Premier League (IPL).

Arendse said the damage the bonus saga had done to the image of cricket in South Africa was greater than that when former Proteas skipper Hansie Cronje accepted bribes to influence the outcome of matches in the late 1990s.

Arendse said Majola protected the interests of sponsors and the national team because, "the performance of the national team, that is all that matters".

This was due to the national side being the main source of CSA's income, and prioritising their performance above the needs of grassroots cricket.

The manner in which the CSA board and Majola interacted with each other was a case of the tail wagging the dog.

Arendse cited two occasions where Majola overstepped his authority as president while still at the cricket body.

The first instance, Arendse said, was the dispute over the composition of the national side to face Bangladesh in 2008.

At the time, he queried the demographic composition of the team.

"Cricket SA has a selection policy which asks for targeted transformation in terms of the CSA policy; when we select 15 players to play overseas we must have a minimum of seven black players and that team had five," Arendse said.

He said he had to use his power of veto when the team was not selected according to CSA’s policy.

Majola, however, countermanded this and said in a news release that Arendse did not have the right to veto and reinstated the team initially selected.

Arendse said the second occasion related to a decision taken to remove the captain and coach from the selection committee shortly after the selection dispute.

Majola did not have the authority to make those decisions, prompting his resignation as CSA president in September 2008, Arendse said.

He said the financial cost of the bonus dispute was between R10 and R12 million.

Earlier, former CSA finance committee chairman Hentie van Wyk said the remuneration committee would not have approved millions of rands in bonus payments had it known that staff had already received money for the same work.

Van Wyk said Majola should have disclosed details of bonuses paid by the International Cricket Council (ICC) and the IPL to either the CSA board or the remuneration committee.

"The biggest cloud around that [the IPL and ICC bonuses] was that it was not revealed," Van Wyk said.

"It was not disclosed anywhere, because when we decided on the bonuses we included the [organisational] performances of the IPL and ICC [tournaments]. We see it as a double payment.

"If we knew at that stage, when we had the remuneration committee [meeting], that they had already received these bonuses, we would not have given them eight times the monthly salary.

"That is how we viewed it. We also said that the money should be paid back to finalise the financial statements for that year."

The inquiry heard earlier that Majola was among 40 CSA staff members who received significant bonuses in May 2010, despite having been paid by the ICC and IPL for hosting cricket tournaments in 2009.

Van Wyk said the bonuses from the ICC and IPL were made known only two months later in July 2010 through an internal audit process conducted by the CSA audit committee.

Judge Chris Nicholson, who heads the inquiry, asked Van Wyk about a meeting held on July 10, 2009, when it was believed Majola verbally disclosed the bonuses.

Van Wyk said Majola was asked by a member at the conclusion of the meeting whether CSA staff had received bonuses.

According to Van Wyk, Majola said he had negotiated with the IPL for bonuses for his staff. However he felt a verbal submission was not appropriate.

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Comments
  • Larry - 2012-01-17 17:17

    Bulls**t, he should be sacked, not suspended with pay, which is the ANC way.

      Skhona Skratchy-l Luswazi - 2012-01-17 19:18

      Sup with you white people always talking about ANC we flippin tired of that ok get over it if not exit SA you bunch of cakes hypocrite

      Barry - 2012-01-17 20:29

      THe whole game, world wide is corrupt. The only way for the game to come clean is for supporters of the game to stop watching at the stadiums and on the screen.

      Max - 2012-01-17 20:36

      Not only sacked Larry, he must be prosecuted for corruption.

      Irene - 2012-01-17 23:18

      Skhona Silly-One Read this comment posted below: Michael Brink - January 17, 2012 at 21:14 Report comment Majola you scum go to the mamelodi grounds and see what difference that money could have made pity that the youngsters keen on playing such a beautiful game will never benefit from those funds as the fat cats and yourself pocket the money that should go to the under priveledged cricketers It pretty much sums up what Larry is saying. Now liken the cricket playing ground to the situation in the country. People are still living in shacks with no infrastructure or services, but Zooomer and the thieving ANC are living in the lap of luxury. Pretty much like Majola don't you think? We will also say whatever we flippen like about the ANC because they are nothing but thieving scum. OPEN YOUR EYES PAL!

  • Sedick - 2012-01-17 17:33

    Now we know why fatty Smith and Mickey Mouse supported Majola, and wanted Arendse out.....

  • Beth - 2012-01-17 17:46

    Outrageous!!! Majola should be fired and made to pay back the money he 'stole/took' from CSA. Why is everyone pussy footing about? When are the CSA and, for that matter, the ICC going to grow a backbone?????

  • Wesley - 2012-01-17 18:20

    Please he is going to cry again

  • BJ - 2012-01-17 18:38

    Arendse can just piss off. Let's not forget he was the lawyer for Mugabe puppets in Zim Cricket during the 'rebellion' led by Streak, Flower etc.

  • Madulla - 2012-01-17 19:49

    Majola must be fired, be forced to pay back the money that he stole and then be made to face criminal charges - just like Hansie! Majola must then be banned for life from all cricket administration. Also, the CSA constitution must be amended so that no future CEO can hold that position for longer than five years. And - - - drop the salary and scrap the farcial bonus completely. That way, only a true cricket lover will apply for the post!!! Majola does not have the decency to leave this cash cow so the only way is for the Board to fire him - asap.

  • sandy.langenstrass - 2012-01-17 20:29

    What can the ordinary cricket fan actually do about this S.A Cricket Board, stealing funds ment for the game? I bet Majola is'nt even a fan of the game..but he'll put his dirty hands into their money. Words fail me... and then you get Skhona who's defence of Majola, shows were we differ, one can'nt understand how the mind set works, he probably.thinks there is nothing wrong with this corruption...SOUTH AFRICA ..this right here is our countries problem..when the cash dries up in the cricket funds.... say goodbye to CRICKET. How sad.. how much more will we have stolen away .

  • Michael Kleber - 2012-01-18 06:52

    in my opinion taking something without being authorised to is theft , so he stole money and still holds the CEO position . Normally for theft you are fired , then to say i don't understand the companies act is no excuse ignorance of the the law is no defence , as law abiding citizens you cannot use ignorance for breaking the law , fire him i say , dishonesty is not acceptable

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