Majola’s lawyers still indignant

2012-07-14 19:17

Suspended Cricket South Africa (CSA) chief executive Gerald Majola’s lawyer, Max Boqwana, said the cricket body was wrong to publish the advisory award, as they did at a press conference on Friday, because the parties were not in agreement.

“The award was meant to be a confidential process until the parties agree to publish it,” said Boqwana.

CSA acting president Dr Willie Basson told the media gathering: “The advisory award went very much in our favour so it is very positive that we hold the moral high ground.”

CSA’s acting CEO, Jacques Faul, said if Majola’s legal team had accepted the findings of the award, it would have allowed Majola to quit without facing a disciplinary hearing.

An advisory award is a non-binding process used by a chairperson of a disciplinary committee to determine whether a case has sufficient merit to proceed with a disciplinary hearing.

The award was issued by Advocate Johan Myburgh.

Boqwana said: “It’s disingenuous of CSA to attempt to score cheap points . . . without telling the public they have been advised their ill-fated attempt to claim monies from our client is legally unsustainable.”

Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula appointed Judge Chris Nicholson this year to look into CSA’s affairs.

The retired judge found Majola flouted sections of the Companies Act by not declaring an Indian Premier League bonus he received.

Boqwana said: “Only under pressure from the minister do they proceed with a half-hearted disciplinary process based on two discredited documents, the so-called Nicholson Report and KPMG report, which the board previously rejected.

“Our client only received a copy of charges three months after his suspension on March 17 and to date the hearing has not even commenced.”

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