Hawks question Majola, raid CSA

2012-03-24 16:11

The Hawks descended on Cricket South Africa’s (CSA) offices, seized documents and questioned its chief executive Gerald Majola at his home this week.

They launched their investigation scarcely two days after Majola was suspended and ordered to face a disciplinary hearing.

At an emergency meeting held last Saturday at OR Tambo airport in Kempton Park, the CSA executive suspended Majola for, among other things, receiving R1.8 million in unauthorised bonuses for hosting the Indian Premier League tournament and the Champions’ Trophy series in 2009.

At the same meeting, the executive ordered him to appear before an independent disciplinary committee – as Judge Chris Nicholson had recommended just more than two weeks before.

Nicholson’s committee was appointed by Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula in November to investigate allegations of corruption and mismanagement against Majola.

It found there was “overwhelming evidence” that Majola had violated the Companies Act and recommended that the 52-year-old be suspended, a civil claim be instituted against him and that he should be criminally prosecuted.

Acting CSA president Dr Willie Basson said in Centurion on Wednesday the organisation would only discuss the possibility of prosecution when it met on Friday.

However, City Press has learned on good authority that the Hawks called on the CSA’s offices in Illovo, Johannesburg, on Monday and that several documents were handed to the investigators.

Sources close to Majola also confirmed that the elite police unit questioned him at his home in Bryanston on Thursday.

He apparently gave the Hawks his “full co-operation”.

Majola refused to comment on the visit or on his approaching disciplinary hearing, saying he would “continue to fight the charges”.

He has also called in the assistance of one of the country’s leading labour lawyers to defend him in his disciplinary hearing.

Though he is still receiving his monthly salary (apparently as much as R155 000) from CSA, Majola will for the first time have to pay his own legal fees.

CSA earlier paid millions of rands for the KPMG inquiry and has so far paid all Majola’s legal expenses.

By the time of going to the press, Hawks spokesperson McIntosh Polela had not yet replied to enquiries.

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