Ali Bacher is a liar: Majola

Johannesburg: Former South African cricket supremo Ali Bacher has been labelled a `liar` by CSA CEO Gerald Majola for denying receiving a five million rands bonus after the country`s hosting of the 2003 World Cup.

Bacher had denied the allegation made by Majola at the inquiry into the financial affairs of CSA instituted by Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula.

"Bacher is lying," Majola told the Afrikaans weekly `Rapport` after Bacher said in a radio interview that he had received five million rands as a supplement to his pension fund.

"Bacher projects himself as a Samaritan, but he is everything except that," Majola said.

"He has also arranged that all his medical costs be paid by CSA until the day he breathes his last," he added. In reaction, Bacher told the weekly Majola`s `liar` allegation was "disappointing.

"I have nothing to hide and also do not want to become engaged in mud-slinging," Bacher said.

"When I started working in 1981 as a cricket administrator, there was nothing like a pension fund. That is why the directors of the World Cup decided unanimously after the final to set this right.”

“Majola was himself at that meeting and several others will confirm that. If that did not happen, I would have had to continue working for the rest of my life just to survive," Bacher said.

Bacher indicated that he would not mind testifying in front of the three-man inquiry committee when it resumes hearings in January.


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