Majola claims conspiracy to oust him

Johannesburg: Cricket South Africa chief executive Gerald Majola, who has refused to resign following investigation into allegations that he paid himself and other CSA staff huge IPL II bonuses without informing the board, claimed that "outside forces" are out to oust him.

"There must be something out there, because the entire board was unanimous and if they take a decision and then somewhere else there is another decision taken, then there must be something out there which is not operative in cricket," Majola said at a briefing by CSA.

"I don`t know (who they are). I wish you could tell me," Majola said, two days after the Nicholson inquiry into the financial affairs of CSA suspended its work until January.

The inquiry was instituted by Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula following almost two years of wrangling over the IPL bonus, which has seen the former president of CSA, Mtutuzeli Nyoka, ousted twice after he called for an independent inquiry into the matter.

Majola also repeated his admission to the Nicholson inquiry that he had not complied with corporate governance laws regarding the bonuses by not adhering to section 234 of the Companies Act, although he added that he had followed the ame processes after the IPL as he had done for the bonuses in the 2007 T20 World Cup and the 2009 Champions Trophy.

The IPL`s second edition was hosted in South Africa because of security concerns around elections in India at the time.

Clearly irked by questions on whether he should resign because of the damage done to CSA`s reputation, Majola wanted to know what the damage was.


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