'Suspend' Majola with pay

2012-03-09 12:42

Pretoria - There is a prima facie case that Cricket SA chief executive officer Gerald Majola had failed to disclose bonuses given to him and other staff members, retired judge Chris Nicholson said on Friday.

“The committee is of the view that there is a prima facie case that Majola contravened sections 234, 235 and 236 of the Companies Act,” Nicholson told reporters in Pretoria.

“We believe there is a prima facie case of non-disclosure concerning the bonuses and irregularities with regard to the travel and other costs.”

Majola’s contract provides for suspension with pay for up to 180 days pending the conclusion of a disciplinary inquiry.

Therefore the committee recommended that the board should consider this, said Nicholson.

“It would be in Majola’s own interests to give him time to prepare his defence, unfettered by his normal duties,” he said.

Majola was the dominant force in the allocation of bonuses and not former chief financial officer Don McIntosh, Nicholson said.

Nicholson was releasing the findings of the inquiry into CSA.

Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula appointed the inquiry in November 2011 to investigate CSA's failure to implement certain recommendations by auditing firm KPMG.

A KPMG report found bonus payments of R4.5 million to CSA chief executive Gerald Majola, former CSA chief operating officer Don McIntosh, and other CSA employees, had been kept secret from the federation's remuneration committee.

It also found that Majola had breached the Companies Act at least four times.

The committee received written and oral submissions from current and former CSA staff, and the public over three months.

It adjourned at the end of January to compile its report.


  • Piet - 2012-03-09 12:46

    I would love be part of these cadres, you get to go on pension after you stole a lot of money!

      Fred - 2012-03-09 12:53

      He should be criminally charged with fraud and theft.

      Jared - 2012-03-09 13:15

      How do you know when a cadre is stealing? Easy; it's when he's at work. Viva the banana republic.

      dave.gwani - 2012-03-09 13:24

      @Jared it would nice of you to open up some space for us & please leave this banana republic to us. That is what democracy - choose and go where you want to stay. Mhhhh I see you still here...I guess you have made your choice. Great choice by the way. I LOVE SOUTH AFRICA - WE LOVE SOUTH AFRICA. And if we didn't we would not be here.

      Piet - 2012-03-09 14:02

      Dave the difference between the apartheid government and this one is that the apartheid still gave taxpayers something back. The current one gives nothing back. If it does something then we have to pay for it again. Like the JHB e-tolls.....

      Kobus - 2012-03-09 14:04

      he will now have to take up playing golf and have a dorment terminal disease for just in case :(

      Dawood - 2012-03-09 14:41

      @ Piet correction..the apartheid govt gave back to "white" south africans..Nonetheless thieving is a crime if anybody does it..@ news24..pls reveal the names of all the csa members that accepted the illegal bonuses..seems as if certain names are usually only put up..stinky agenda on your part as usual

      marc.harenberg - 2012-03-09 16:25

      Very sad how all our superiors are in the sh*tH*le and then get suspended with full pay! In this case 180 days! Many women get 160 days maternity leave with only 25% of the pay (if anything at all) and then forced to sign a contract which says they will reinburse the amount if they resign within a 1 year period ... WTF?!

  • Boer - 2012-03-09 12:50

    Why full pay?

      Patrick - 2012-03-09 14:17

      Because he was formally disadvantaged you silly man!

      Patrick - 2012-03-09 14:20

      Seriously, isn't it sad that in contrast to our boys stellar performance in NZ, we have a miscreant like this in charge..............

  • Matthew - 2012-03-09 12:52

    Wonder if there is such a thing as suspended WITHOUT pay in this country? I could do with 6 months suspension on full pay, with the usual re-instatement afterwards.

  • Theprodigy - 2012-03-09 12:56

    nice...this gravy train...huh

  • Victor - 2012-03-09 12:58

    They should fire his ass

      Anthony - 2012-03-09 13:57

      yes vic I agree--and all the others to-- I am sure u agree---so for all the racist commentators ---we want them all fired and charged in the courts --black and white, crime has no colour protection

  • Clive - 2012-03-09 13:00

    Why suspend him? He had his chance to defend himself at the enquiry and did not clear himself otherwise the judge would have said so. More time to take more money !

      Clive - 2012-03-09 13:12

      I agree. What does he need 180 days to prepare for anyway. He took the money! Fire his backside now.

      Anthony - 2012-03-09 14:00

      perhaps a redeployment --as the ambassador ---to the west indies--he could help them screw up their cricket as well

      John - 2012-03-11 04:33

      @Clive, suspend him yes.......from the end of a rope the thieving dog

      johannes.p.bezuidenhout1 - 2012-03-11 18:56

      He should be kept in office but he must be stripped from his responsibilities, his telkom line by removed and his CSA cell phone taken in. Switch the air con off and make him to report to an official three times a day. By this way he will resign with out a hearing. Good ridens of b*d ru**ish.

  • Pam - 2012-03-09 13:03

    So now he can stay in bed late and still get paid....Geeeez

      Terry-Lee Heuer - 2012-03-09 13:08

      Lol well Cele said it was nice he had a nice holiday visited all his family and watched a lot of tv and rested I guess he also stayed in bed late!! I bet this is gonna drag on and on as well Govt said they don't want to take corruption cases to court but rather through disciplinary committees!!

  • Stan - 2012-03-09 13:07

    come on judge Chris Nicholson, the man must voetsek!!! You have made your findings

  • Dennis - 2012-03-09 13:09

    How about this thief gets suspended ....... WITHOUT PAY !!!!!

  • Irene - 2012-03-09 13:12

    I salute Nyoka for exposing this corrupt thief. Well done Sir. As for Majola, and the entire CSA staff, why don't you ALL do the honourable thing and resign? There are plenty of competent people from the tea lady right up to the top who would do a far better job.

  • Gerald - 2012-03-09 13:14

    Suspended with full pay???? I certainly hope that if he is found guilty (as he surely should be) he is made to pay back the salary he gets while on suspension.

      Clive - 2012-03-09 13:38

      plus the bonos money

      Gerald - 2012-03-09 15:23

      @Clive - That goes without saying

  • kobus.bekker - 2012-03-09 13:18

    I cannot believe this!!!!!!! or hang on I can and lets go back to the day Hansie was found guilty. He got kicked out abandoned and no pay. This clown still gets pay altough susppended.

  • Mike - 2012-03-09 13:21

    And this CLOWN will not have the decency to resign He should be in jail

      Kobus - 2012-03-09 14:26

      Not in our time

  • stefan.vanderspuy - 2012-03-09 13:21

    Suspension with pay will be music to Majola's ears. One year later he get slapped on the wrist and some sort of suspended sentence. This guy should be suspended without pay and criminally charged for theft and fraud.

  • Mzwandile - 2012-03-09 13:23

    Come on Judge. Your findings are not new, Majola admitted to this fact before and at the commission. What I find inceiveble is for the Judge not to make any findings against McIntosh who also received million in the same manner and he admitted to this fact during the commission. Anyway who can take retired udge Nicholson findings really serious after the full bench of Appeal overrule his judgement that pave a way for Zuma to come back to political limelight. The adjudgemet of the Appeal Court dealt a blow on his credibility for making findings on issues that were never canvassed in court and that are political in nature. Go and retire please.

      kobus.bekker - 2012-03-09 13:28

      I support your message man....Well said

  • dave.gwani - 2012-03-09 13:33

    It is so sad that_as south africans we are always caught with our hands in the cookie jar. All of us. The apartheid government did (mind you no one complaint), the post apartheid government is doing it. However there is a lot of transperancy and remedial action taken. Back then, it was a matter of putting more "braai-vleis" on the fire and drink some more Lion Lager & Ohlssons. And no one would know about it. Some are still continuing though...look at Auction Alliance (classic) We must appreciate todays government with its transperancy - it has really liberated all of us

      Gerald - 2012-03-09 13:45

      I disagree with you to an extent here. The apartheid government politicians were a lot more subtle in their 'stealing' whereas this govt is so blatant with theirs. It has nothing to do with transparency. By the way, I can tell you categorically that there was very little mismanagement/theft/fraud in the sporting codes pre-94, whereas post-94 its rife and has become the norm

      Carol - 2012-03-09 13:58

      I am not saying the previous government were angels but at least when they were in power things worked and they were maintained ie Escom, Hospitals, Roads etc.. Maintenance does not exist in the present governments vocabulary. The ANC made huge promises to you guys prior to them coming into power but instead of providing the so called 'disadvantaged people' with all the promises houses, running water and electricity they have been lining their own pockets. You need to ask them (the ANC government) what they have done/are doing with yours and our tax money! It should not be a case well if the previous government can do it so can we because once again the people who suffer are still the previously disadvantaged.

      Pam - 2012-03-09 14:07

      Get off the mountain... this is democracy that you fought and killed for!!

  • sakhikhaya.dlala - 2012-03-09 13:36

    Ok this should have been the solution. Suspend Majola and seize all of his assets(lol) and bring Nyoka back as he seems to be the only trustworthy official and lastly, the fact that the whole CSA saw no wrong in Majola's activities simply implies that this corruption thing is a norm within the organisation.

  • Malcolm - 2012-03-09 13:39

    Are these people insane , if he was working for any privately owned company he would be fired on the spot and thereafter he could persue his right to wrongful dismissal etc.What a life , you missappropriate money , carry on working then eventually after a hearing which by the way must have cost an absolute fortune .Result , suggested suspension on full pay & benefits , I'm not surprised "we're on the road to no where"!

  • Carol - 2012-03-09 13:43

    What a lovely contract - suspended with full pay for up to 180 days??????? He should be dismissed IMMEDIATELY and forfeit his 'suspended 180 day' salary. The contract could have only been drawn up by one of his crooked cronies.

  • Robin - 2012-03-09 13:43

    Why are so many crooks in SA simply suspended AND with pay? Damn, I wish I was still employed then I'd blot my copybook, go on paid suspension and take up a second job. Imagine the possibilities - suspension on full pay from a dozen jobs while lazing on the beach.

  • Beth - 2012-03-09 13:47

    Oh pleeeeaaaaasssse!!!!! Fire him yes, pay him whilst supsended - NOOOOOO!!!! Surely the powers that be now have more than sufficient evidence to know that Majola is a thief. How can they possibly condone paying him whilst he is suspended? Am with those that believe the entire CSA Board need to be fired - what the hell is really going on there?

  • Alan - 2012-03-09 13:49

    He alread been paid with the million the took so #$%^& him.

  • Hendrik - 2012-03-09 13:54

    Gerald, pity you most likely don't see/read this artcile and comments. If you did, you might just find that you are not exactly the most popular person. The way you have raped S.A. cricket is disgusting and to think a few months ago I had to listen to you telling David O'Sullivan on air how much you love the game and how passionate you are about cricket. Rather very passionate about self enrichment and the hell with cricket development in under privilged areas. What really burns a hole in my backside is your incredible arrogance in/during all of this. DISGUSTING is the word that comes to mind.

      Anthony - 2012-03-09 14:11

      hear hear hendrik---arrogant scum

      Lynette - 2012-03-09 14:30

      Well said!!!

      Gerald - 2012-03-09 15:00

      @ Hendrik. i couldn't agree more. I am so disgusted I even feel like changing my name. By the way, we're just referring to cricket here, what about the other sporting codes such as rugby and soccer to name but two. Never mind athletics, hockey and we could probably go on and on and on.

  • Andrew - 2012-03-09 14:05

    Just another ANC cadre deployment who is corrupt. When will it all end. Put him behind bars for 10 years as a reminder for trhose who follow. We are tired of reading every single day of the year corruption in this ANC govt.

  • Kevin - 2012-03-09 14:10

    Again, suspension WITH PAY, what a joke!!!!! If it was anybody else it would be instant dismissal WITHOUT ANY PAY!!!!!!

  • francie.potgieter - 2012-03-09 14:17

    I don't see why he should be suspended with pay, he has already taken the suspended money. They should rather just fire him.

  • paul.prinsloo3 - 2012-03-09 14:21

    How sexually nice: one screws up, steals, lies to a tribunal, goes to office as if all is fine when suspended and is then threatened with suspension with pay??? Am I going mad in a sane world or is a sane person living in a weird place and time??? The players who rake in the boodle that cadres steal must have strong opinions, but none of them would talk; one actually observe hesitation prior to replying to some questions when players are interviewed (something Majola also do not want to happen) and the listener knows instinctively that the interviewee weighs word before replying.

  • dklue - 2012-03-09 14:32

    I think it Time we as South Africans be it pink, brown, maroon, purple, all the colours of the rainbow stand up against this!!!!!!!!!!!!! This is corruption in the first degree and the sad thing is that they actually get away with this and we have no say!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! If that was a ordinary person he would of gone to jail. But just because its a man that fought in the stupid struggle they think oh well lets go easy n him. this is crap man!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Crap!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This is why so many South Africans leaving abroad overseas !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! My personal view is that there is no difference at the moment between South Africa and Zimbabwe!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Long live the Queen of England!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Rather live under her rule than these stupid muppet agents rule!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Mark - 2012-03-09 14:50

    Only in South Africa, anywhere else in the world and he would've done the honourable thing and resigned. In SA if you're caught stealing and being dishonest then it's a case of "prove it" and also try and lie and bulls**t your way out of it.

  • Marlon - 2012-03-09 14:57

    @LeonardB1, you're angry that you're not the one who's currently stealing. Your level of thinking is the equivalent of a sack of sh1t.

  • Marlon - 2012-03-09 15:00

    Majola, you stole from kids, jeez man how do you live with yourself?

  • nhla.prv - 2012-03-09 15:32

    He was caught for nought .No "duckworth lewis" or appeals this time .. OUT !

  • Rodger - 2012-03-09 16:01

    The problem with the CSA is not just Majola, but the rampant corruption that has been allowed to permeate all structures within South African society under the guise of transformation. The CSA board has suspect characters within its ranks that have blatantly allowed Majola to get as far as he has.

  • George - 2012-03-10 09:12

    Stealing is stealing, no matter who it is they must be punished accordingly. This has been going on for so long now, Majola never did the honourable by stepping down because he genuinely believed he was entitled to take whatever was available.......which school did these idiots attend where thieving was obviously the main subject?

  • J.D. - 2012-03-11 07:31

    This country for sure is the crime and corruption kingdom of the world. While Bheki Cele is under investigation for signing corrupt deals renting office space Nkosazana Zuma did the same thing hiring office space for three times the going rate. So why would Majola not steal He got his example from above. They just do not give a damn. They just do not give a damn.

  • ruandacoe - 2012-03-11 18:40

    Why should he be suspended WITH PAY ? He is obviously as guilty as sin!! Kahn should also be charged with corruption and dereliction of duty. Whichever way you look at it he was trying to cover for Majola and should be charged for corruption, trying to defeat the aims of justice, being moraaly and ethically corrupt and stealing. How much did he get?

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