Majola disciplinary: CSA will approach Bar

2012-03-30 18:37

Acting Cricket South Africa president Dr Willie Basson said the CSA board would approach the chairperson of the General Council of the Bar to appoint independent counsel to handle suspended chief executive Gerald Majola’s disciplinary inquiry.

“That is a direct following of the recommendations that came out of the Nicholson report to ensure the independence of the decision-making process to be followed,” he said.

Basson said the issue of the 2009 Indian Premier League (IPL) bonuses that were paid out to CSA staff was discussed at a meeting but “the board felt that it would be premature to address those issues now but will wait until the end of the disciplinary commission of inquiry. It will then take appropriate legal advice on the issue.”

Basson said that a screening committee, which will consist of both board and independent members, has been set up and will lead discussions on restructuring the CSA.

The committee will consist of Chris Nenzani, Archie Pretorius, Vuyo Ntswahlana and himself to represent the board, while Rushdi Magiet, Shawn Christiansen, Alan Jordaan and Ashwin Desai will be the independents.

Said Basson: “We have set a very ambitious time frame to push ourselves for these things to be completed. Some may or may not be completed but we are targeting the annual general meeting in August,” he said.

While City Press last week reported that the Hawks had visited CSA’s offices and Majola, Basson said the board had not spoken about the issue in terms of referring the case as the Hawks had already started with their work.

“The Hawks have already been at the offices and that will follow the logical process,” Basson said.

Basson said the board had also appointed a group of people that would deal with the response of the Nicholson report to the minister of sport, Fikile Mbalula.

The group will consist of Basson, acting CEO Jacques Faul and the company secretary.

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