Cricket South Africa inquiry finalized

Johannesburg: The inquiry into the financial affairs of Cricket South Africa (CSA) has been finalised and details will be made public on March 8 by Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula.

The minister had initiated the three-member inquiry headed by retired judge Chris Nicholson late last year following two years of wrangling over huge IPL 2 bonuses that CSA chief executive Gerald Majola paid himself and other members of the staff.

The second edition the IPL was played out in South Africa due to security concerns around elections at that time in India.

The internal squabble after CSA President Mtutuzeli Nyoka called for an independent inquiry into the matter saw him twice being removed from his position in absentia.

In subsequent evidence at the inquiry, the chairman of the CSA board`s legal and compliance committee, Ajay Sooklal, said he had claimed expenses by CSA to travel the country lobbying provincial executives for Nyoka`s ousting.

Nyoka returned to his position after court action and arranged an independent inquiry by auditors KPMG, which fingered Majola as having breached his fiduciary duties in terms of the Companies Act. Majola admitted to this in his testimony before the Nicholson inquiry, citing naivety.

But corporate governance expert Mervyn King testified that he had led the CSA board through corporate governance rules before the IPL 2. Current and former CSA board members testified at the Nicholson inquiry, both for and against Majola and the way in which administrative issues were dealt with at CSA.

Cricket administrators countrywide have called for Mbalula to act firmly on the recommendations that might emerge from the Nicholson report, although he is not obliged to implement them.

The report was due to be completed in December last year but was deferred to the end of February as more evidence came forward.

Buoyed by the Proteas current success in New Zealand, CSA is hoping that the sponsors who have shied away in the wake of the inquiry will return, but commentators said this was not likely until firm steps were put in place at CSA to ensure good governance and transparency in its dealings.


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