KPMG was inconsistent, says Cricket SA board member

2011-11-30 13:09

Submissions made by auditing firm KPMG at a hearing on Cricket SA (CSA) were inconsistent with an executive summary it compiled earlier, a CSA official said today.

This was the testimony of CSA cricket committee chairman Andy O’Connor before the sport ministry’s committee of inquiry into CSA’s financial affairs.

O’Connor said in Pretoria he was shocked by KPMG’s conduct.

He was asked to read a paragraph from the KPMG report in which the auditing firm said CSA chief executive Gerald Majola had not wilfully deceived anybody.

“My understanding is that he (Majola) did not wilfully go out of his way to deceive anybody or hide anything from anybody,” O’Connor read from the final report.

However, KPMG’s risk and compliance specialist, Herman de Beer, told the committee last week there were “technical contraventions of the Companies Act”.

O’Connor said these revelations had shocked him as CSA paid KPMG a lot of money to conduct the forensic audit that finally bore contradictions.

Representatives of CSA were giving the only oral presentations to the committee, chaired by Judge Chris Nicholson, on the fifth day of the hearings.

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