Fairness is relative, says Majola

2011-12-06 13:03

 Cricket SA (CSA) chief executive Gerald Majola said fairness was relative with regard to the distribution of bonuses after the successful hosting of the IPL in 2009.

Majola was speaking after he was questioned on his understanding of fairness when he and Don McIntosh, the Indian Premier League tournament director, received more than two-thirds of the pool of money meant for bonuses.

“Fairness is relative. Fairness is if I am happy to pay you for the job you have done,” Majola told a ministerial inquiry in Pretoria today.

“In my view, if the people who authorised these payments thought the people who got this money deserved it, then it was fair.”

Earlier, Majola denied that he had not disclosed the bonuses to CSA’s board members.

“I was totally convinced at the time, as it was common practice to do it this way, that I had disclosed properly when I did.

“I was later advised that this had to be disclosed in terms of Section 234 of the Companies’ Act. I had absolutely no idea of the format set-out in that act and I am the first one to admit that I did not disclose this as the act required me to.”

Majola said he disclosed the bonuses to a members’ forum meeting and told the CSA board.

“I have already informed the board of receiving the bonuses and it has been disclosed in our documents for anybody who wants to see the documents.

“So, I had disclosed that I was going to receive a bonus at two meetings – the members’ meeting with the shareholders and the second one which is the board.”

Majola told the committee the bonus he received was determined by former CSA operations officer Don McIntosh.

“Mr McIntosh [determined my bonus], and his own bonus as well,” Majola said.

“Mr McIntosh did a full schedule, including his [bonus] which I accepted as well. I never discussed mine as it’s very difficult to discuss your own bonus.”

Majola took the stand for the first time in the inquiry into bonuses paid to staff after the CSA hosted the IPL. He said the contract signed for the event was exactly the same as the one used for hosting other International Cricket Council events.

McIntosh, CSA’s operations officer, was the tournament director for the IPL, Majola said.

He fulfilled the same role in the 2007 Twenty20 World Cup held in South Africa. Given the short notice for the IPL, they agreed to apply the same terms and conditions. Majola said they used the same principle for determining bonuses as the one applied in previous tournaments.

“The tournament director is more senior when it comes to that [bonuses] and depending on work done he uses a ’multiples’ guide,” said Majola.

“He got more than me on other tournaments, but on this one [IPL], I did more work than him.”

Committee chairperson Judge Chris Nicholson pushed Majola on why he had written a letter to McIntosh on July 16, 2009 telling him, “we have managed to negotiate with the IPL to pay you a special discretionary bonus for your contribution” to the IPL.

Majola said he had no recollection of the letter, but said each member of staff would have received the same letter if they received a bonus.

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