Majola pleads innocence

2012-03-13 06:44

Cricket SA boss Gerald Majola has insisted he is innocent after a ministerial inquiry recommended he be suspended and made to repay a R1.75-million bonus payment.

“Everybody knows that I declared the money at a board meeting. The only thing I did not do was to put it in writing,” Majola said, The New Age reported today.

He said the inquiry had taken its toll on him.

“I don’t know what’s going on. This is a very difficult time in my life. These things do happen.

“I’ve been involved in cricket administration for 12 years and I have never in my life faced a disciplinary committee,” he said.

Majola returned to his office yesterday after attending an International Cricket Council meeting in Dubai.

The CSA board had said it would meet on Saturday to discuss the recommendations of the inquiry that it failed to implement findings by auditing firm KPMG.

The time and venue of the meeting would be decided only after Wednesday’s management committee meeting, CSA spokesperson Michael Owen-Smith said yesterday.

The board meeting was scheduled in response to the report made to the CSA on Thursday by the inquiry, which was appointed by Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula in November last year and headed by retired judge Chris Nicholson.

CSA had also said the board would make a decision on the way forward and report back to Mbalula by April 9.

However, with growing impatience from both the cricket fraternity and members of the public, it could respond earlier.

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