No reason to disclose IPL bonus: Former CSA head

Johannesburg: Former Cricket South Africa Chief Operating Officer Don McIntosh has told an inquiry committee that there was no need to disclose the huge bonuses that he, CEO Gerald Majola and other CSA officials got for hosting IPL`s second season in South Africa two years ago.

McIntosh told this to the Nicholson inquiry into the financial affairs of CSA. He received 1.4 million rands for his role in the second IPL which was hosted in South Africa due to security concerns arising out of general elections in India at that time.

The former official also told the inquiry, instituted by sports minister Fikile Mbalula, that the remuneration committee of CSA was inefficient.

"(The committee) has not been vigorous," McIntosh said.

"They arrange rushed meetings and then go on to assess staff performances. That, to me, is not satisfactory. I did not tell (the remuneration committee) about the IPL bonus. I dealt with Gerald (Majola) as my superior. I disclosed everything to him," McIntosh said.

"With me, the buck stops with Majola. As long as he knew, that was fine."

Majola, who awarded the bonus to McIntosh, also pocketed an IPL bonus of 1.8 million rands himself, but did not tell the remuneration committee about this, which subsequently led to calls for an independent inquiry by former CSA President Mtutuzeli Nyoka. Nyoka was ousted in absentia and the inquiry converted to an internal one which largely cleared Majola.

Reinstated to his position after court action, Nyoka got an audit firm to do an independent inquiry which found Majola to be in breach of the Companies Act. But CSA again did not take strong action against Majola.

With mounting dissatisfaction for CSA among cricket fans and sponsors shying away, Mbalula decided to establish the three-man inquiry headed by retired judge Chris Nicholson.

Majola is expected to testify at the commission next week.


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