Buck stopped with Majola, says former COO of Cricket SA

2011-12-01 13:31

The buck stopped with CEO Gerald Majola, former chief operating officer of Cricket South Africa (CSA), Don McIntosh, told the Ministerial Inquiry into CSA’s financial affairs in Pretoria.

McIntosh was fingered in the Indian Premier League (IPL) bonus saga, where he pocketed R1.13 million.

McIntosh today admitted to the panel that he had not disclosed his IPL and ICC Champions Trophy bonus to the remuneration committee (Remco), saying that he worked with Majola and everything that he did went through Majola.

It was not part of his mandate to speak to Remco about issues regarding his performance as all his payments were authorised by Majola, he said.

“I disclosed everything to Gerald. I was never given an opportunity to discuss either event bonuses or even my own bonuses with Remco. The only person I discussed my bonuses with was my CEO.”

When asked about his disclosures and his communication with Remco, McIntosh said it was Majola who made contact with Remco when it came to performance reviews and bonuses, adding that he just worked with Majola and the buck stopped with the CEO.

All his dealings within CSA were with Majola and he only attended Remco meetings in an observer capacity, adding that there was nothing secret in the non-disclosure of the bonuses, which was discovered by the internal auditor, Don Thomas, because of spikes in the Pay As You Earn (PAYE).

“There was nothing secret. There was no intention to understate or hide. The CSA had had internal audits for years,” he said.

McIntosh blasted the Remco, saying the subcommittee, along with the audit committee, were absent for three years in terms of policy and procedures.

He said Remco specialised in rush meetings. He said there was little contact with them, citing an example when he received an SMS from former Remco chairperson Paul Harris to notify him of bonuses to be paid.

“I got this SMS from Paul Harris saying that it had fallen between the (cracks). Your bonus is X and Gerald’s (CEO Gerald Majola) is Y,” he added.

McIntosh said former CSA president Mthuthuzeli Nyoka received a sponsored car from Majola, something which was never disclosed to Remco, but when he was further questioned by inquiry panel member Freeman Nomvalo, he later said the vehicle was seen as a tool of trade.

“The vehicle was seen as a tool of trade, not as a benefit, since the vehicle was from a CSA sponsor,” he added.

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