Three Majola allies gone, but board still remains

2012-03-17 18:21

The Cricket South Africa (CSA) board dug its heels in yesterday, refusing to carry any blame for the ongoing shenanigans, only suspending chief executive Gerald Majola.

Earlier on the day, CSA brand and corporate relations manager Kass Naidoo tendered her resignation following hot on the heels of acting president AK Khan who did so earlier in the week and audit committee chairperson John Blair.

However, an accusing finger was pointed at the board who were told by a journalist at the press briefing they should be “embarrassed” at the way they conducted themselves.

Gauteng Cricket Board administrator Ray Mali, who chaired yesterday’s meeting, said the board’s decision to suspend Majola was unanimous and they had accepted the Judge Chris Nicholson inquiry findings.

Majola was suspended with full pay.

He was unapologetic when he said that the board was acting on recommendations during the Indian Premier League bonus scandal, which tarnished the cricket body’s image.

The board also rescinded the findings of the Khan Commission, the internal disciplinary commission which gave Majola a slap on the wrist for his role in the bonus saga.

“The board acted on recommendations which came from respected personalities. You have clubs and affiliates and all those people were part of the decisions that we took,” explained Mali.

“If that spirit of cricket is not there, then it is not something that is palatable. It has not been there for the last two years. Cricket needs ladies and gentleman who are above board. Things have not being going well for the past two years.”

Majola, who earlier in the week sent out a statement saying that he would request a leave of absence to prepare his case, yesterday told City Press that he would only be able to comment once he had fully studied the recommendations, details of his suspension and consulted.

Mali said the board had received Majola’s leave of absence request, but did not grant him the request because they had already committed themselves to Nicholson’s findings.

Sports minister Fikile Mbalula, who on Friday urged the board to use its moral compass, do the right thing and act in the best interests of the sport, said he would not comment on CSA’s decision until he got their report on his desk.

In terms of Majola’s leave of absence, he said that he would not be responding to “snippets”, but rather would work with what the board gave him.

“I will not comment until I get the CSA report which will explain how they reached their decision,” he told City Press.

Besides suspending Majola, the board also appointed chairperson of the transformation committee Dr Willie Basson as the acting president until CSA’s annual general meeting in September and seconded North West Cricket chief executive Jacques Faul to act in Majola’s position until the matter was resolved.

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