CSA board to meet on Majola

2012-03-12 14:52

The Cricket SA (CSA) board will meet on Saturday to discuss the recommendations of a ministerial inquiry into its failure 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 today.

The board meeting was scheduled in response to a report made to the CSA on Thursday by the inquiry, which was appointed by Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula in November 2011 and was headed by retired judge Chris Nicholson.

CSA has been plagued by a bonus scandal since unofficial payments to CEO Gerald Majola and other staff first came to light in 2009.

The Nicholson inquiry’s recommendations had been circulated to all board members and they had also been briefed by CSA senior counsel on their rights and powers as a board.

Owen-Smith said there would probably be a media briefing after the board meeting.

In an initial statement, CSA 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.

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

Owen-Smith said Majola would make a public response only after he had studied the report in full.

The committee recommended suspending Majola for 180 days, pending the conclusion of a disciplinary inquiry, and making him repay the R1.75 million bonus payment he received for two cricket tournaments.

It found that he had breached the Companies Act at least four times.

An investigation by the National Prosecuting Authority could determine whether the Prevention and Combating of Corrupt Activities Act had been breached.

There was also maladministration with regard to Majola’s claiming of travel expenses for his children and his wife.

The committee also suggested that CSA elect a smaller board with a majority of independent, professionally skilled, non-executive directors.

It recommended a board of nine non-executive directors, to be voted for by the affiliates, with each director required to enjoy the support of two-thirds of all affiliates.

The other directors should consist of a CEO, a treasurer and a secretary.

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