Majola bonus probe was flawed, say former board members

Johannesburg: Three former Cricket South Africa (CSA) board members have slammed the organisation’s decision to exonerate chief executive Gerald Majola of financial wrongdoing, saying an internal review was flawed.

Majola was cleared on Friday by a CSA task team which probed the R4.7 million ($666,667) in bonuses paid to staff of which he received R1.8 million ($255,319).

The investigation followed allegations that Majola had received unauthorised and undisclosed bonuses after the Indian Premier League (IPL) and the ICC Champions Trophy, which were held in South Africa last year.

The review committee said Majola should not face disciplinary proceedings but recommended he be “formally cautioned” for not disclosing the bonuses to CSA’s remunerations committee (Remco). Remco said it did not authorise the bonuses.

Colin Beggs, former chairman of CSA’s Audit Committee, Paul Harris, former chairman of Remco and Hentie van Wyk, former chairman of CSA’s Finance Committee, issued a joint statement on Monday saying the review process had been flawed.

“(We are) dismayed at the press reports of the decision taken at the board meeting... because it appears to be at odds with the facts and information available to us,” they said.

“In the absence of a detailed forensic audit by the auditors of the relevant expenses, which would take a matter of days, and which we repeatedly recommended, it is difficult to see how any credible conclusions can be reached in respect of the alleged financial irregularities.”

The trio were voted off the board at CSA’s annual general meeting in August.

CSA vice-president AK Khan, who chaired the review committee, told Reuters that it was not for him to comment on the call for a forensic audit as his report had been “unanimously adopted by the (CSA) board.”

Bureau Report