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SBD Global/October 22, 2012/Leagues and Governing Bodies

Cricket South Africa CEO Sacked For Concealing Bonuses For Himself, Staff

Cricket South Africa suspended CEO Gerald Majola "has been dismissed for concealing bonus payments made to himself and staff three years ago," according to Colin Crompton of the London INDEPENDENT. CSA Disciplinary Chair Karel Tip found Majola guilty of all nine charges against him following a hearing that Majola "refused to attend." The CSA issued a statement that said Majola, suspended since March, was sacked "with immediate effect." He was found guilty of "receiving and failing to disclose bonuses" from South Africa's hosting of the '09 Indian Premier League, and "misusing his travel allowance." Majola paid 4.7M rand (£544,000) in bonuses to CSA staff without approval and paid himself 1.7M rand (£197,000). Tip wrote, "Mr. Majola failed to disclose the bonus when he had a clear and ongoing duty to do so. Even worse, Mr. Majola expressly lied about it, vowing more than once that he 'had not received a cent'" (INDEPENDENT, 10/20). The SOWETAN reported that Majola withdrew from the hearing last week, "questioning the legitimacy of the process and arguing that the CSA board had already cleared him of any wrongdoing in respect of the charges levelled against him." Majola's lawyer, Pumezo David, said that he had "set aside the disciplinary hearing and had formally opposed it through the Labour Court." David confirmed that all the respondents in their Labour Court application, which included CSA and President Jacob Zuma, "had been furnished with papers and had until Oct. 29 to respond" (SOWETAN, 10/19).
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