Crisis deepens within Cricket South Africa

Gerald Majola said he respected the decision by CSA, and wished cricket in the country moves forward Getty Images

Johannesburg: Oct 17, 2011

The turmoil in Cricket South Africa due to the allegedly irregular bonuses paid to its CEO Gerald Majola during the 2009 IPL has deepened with Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula stating that if necessary, heads will roll over the issue.

CSA President Mtutuzeli Nyoka, who took on Majola over the IPL payments when the tournament was held here in 2009, was sacked for a second time in absentia by its controversial Board.

Mbalula said with the issue refusing to die down, there could be sackings, a statement that sources say, has “sent shivers through the spines of some CSA staff.”

The source said despite an assurance by CSA that it would cooperate with the committee that Mbalula plans to appoint to investigate CSA Board’s handling of an independent audit and the legal opinion that cleared Majola of alleged breach of the Companies’ Act, there was concern that this would aggravate already strained relations within CSA ranks.

“The facade of unity that was maintained until now through press statements that were clearly aimed at getting (CSA President Mtutuzeli) Nyoka out is breaking down now,” said the source.

After his first dismissal, Nyoka’s call for an independent audit was turned into an internal inquiry which largely cleared Majola.

Following reinstatement to his position by the High Court, Nyoka reopened the external inquiry by auditors KPMG, which CSA has refused to make public but which, leaked reports said, had fingered Majola as being in breach of the Companies Act.

“All Nyoka was trying to do was to ensure transparency at CSA, which others have also been disgruntled with,” the source said.

Already on Friday night the chairwoman of CSA’s Remuneration Committee (Remco) Thandeka Mgoduso, tendered her resignation, accusing Majola of effectively lying to the board about his 2010/2011 IPL bonus which he had not declared while also accepting a CSA bonus. Majola later returned the bonus.

Mgoduso said that there was “lack of objectivity, transparency and corporate governance practices on the board” and that she had “lost confidence in Remco members, in terms of their ability to execute their responsibilities without fear or favour.”

Mbalula’s spokesman Paena Galane earlier told the media: “CSA have shown that they are unable to resolve their problems on their own. They tried an internal process, then they went to the (South African Sports Confederation and Committee) now it has come before the minister”.

Mbalula had earlier said that he would appoint a retired judge before the end of next week to fully investigate the entire matter, promising that heads would roll once the committee had completed its investigation.

The bonuses resulted from Majola and then IPL supremo Lalit Modi concluding a deal for the event’s second season to be played in South Africa due to security concerns in India at that time because of general elections.(PTI)