Majola withdraws from disciplinary hearing, heads for Labour Court

2012-10-10 13:15

Gerald Majola’s legal team has withdrawn from his disciplinary hearing at Cricket South Africa (CSA).

The suspended chief executive’s team said they would be taking the matter to the Labour Court because the disciplinary process was unlawful.

“The current chairperson, Karel Tip SC, who is hearing the matter gave us the indication that he doesn’t have the power to deal with those legalities (of the ministerial intervention),” said Max Boqwana, who is part of Majola’s legal team.

“The board had taken a decision and closed this matter (regarding the findings of the Khan Commission and the KPMG forensic audit report).

“And after they had closed this matter, they took a decision to pay back Gerald the contentious bonus.”

Boqwana said the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (Sascoc) said they were satisfied with the Khan Commission and the KPMG report and the matter should have been closed.

He also said that Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula had been precluded from participating in any dismissal of any executive board member of any sporting code.

Boqwana said CSA would continue with the disciplinary process and Majola’s legal team would be filing papers to the Labour Court on Monday.

“He decided to intervene in the manner of appointing Judge Chris Nicholson to run a committee of inquiry,” he said.

“We do not believe that the minister is empowered to be appointing judges if the matter was in the public interest as some people had claimed. The president of the republic will have appointed a proper commission of inquiry as we know it.”

Boqwana said the CSA board simply accepted the findings of the inquiry out of fear and that they could not give legitimacy to a process that was flawed.

“There will be no fairness in any outcome of this matter when its starting point was unlawful,” he said.

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