Basson: We’ll investigate all claims

2012-03-24 16:21

Cricket South Africa (CSA) will investigate claims that R200 million that went through the Indian Premier League (IPL) account was not audited.

Acting CSA president Dr Willie Basson told City Press on Friday that the board had noted former president Dr Mtutuzeli Nyoka’s remarks that the account he said contained this amount was not audited.

“All those things came up and we are investigating the matter. It is in the system and it will be dealt with. An accusation and insinuation has been made.

“It our duty to look into it as we must protect our reputation,” said Basson.

Suspended chief executive Gerald Majola last week said this particular account had been audited and the documents were available at CSA’s offices.

Basson, who has served on various sporting committees and is the brains behind the Transformation Charter, also said an apology to Nyoka was going to be a major issue for the board to address at their next board meeting.

“We live in a day and age where people show respect to each other. If people have been wronged, then an apology should be issued,” Basson said.

The Kwazulu-Natal Cricket Union issued a statement on Friday apologising to Dr Nyoka for not providing the necessary support when the IPL bonus issue came up following their council meeting on March 15 to discuss Judge Chris Nicholson’s report.

Basson, who was a recipient of a State President’s Award from former president Nelson Mandela, said the board would discuss and debate Judge Chris Nicholson’s report in detail at Friday’s meeting.

On the suggestion that the Hawks step in, he said normal processes would have to be followed.

Basson said the most important issue was the retention of CSA’s section 21 status, which would be a disaster if the organisation lost.

“The main objective of CSA is to promote and develop the game. The minister has a concern that the objectives are not happening, that the amount of money being pushed into developing and expanding the game is not enough,” he said.

Basson will be acting president until September’s annual general meeting and hopes to become heavily involved in cleaning up CSA’s image.

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