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CSA chief Majola in dock again over IPL bonuses

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Johannesburg, Feb 7 (PTI) The allegations ofirregularities around the bonuses paid to Cricket South Africachief executive Gerald Majola for the IPL II hosted in thecountry in 2009 will come under the scanner again on Saturdaywhen Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula meets the CSA Board.

Mbalula has promised that there would be "a thoroughinvestigation of the facts" after CSA president MtutuzeliNyoka accused Majola of having lied to him about the IPLbonuses.

When the allegations first came to light, Majola wasaccused of having paid himself and other CSA staff largebonuses without the approval of the Board.

Majola subsequently conceded that he was naive aboutaccounting processes and paid back his bonus after a publicinquiry was announced.

But the inquiry was quickly turned into an internal onewhere Majola was just rapped over the knuckles.

Following the allegation by Nyoka, three former CSAmembers who had called for a public inquiry have reiteratedtheir demand in a letter to the 11 regional cricket unions inthe country.

Paul Harris, Hentie van Wyk and Colin Beggs, formerchairmen of the remuneration, finance and audit sub-committeesof the CSA Board, said in their letter: "In our view the boardis now in an untenable position in light of the very seriousallegations by the president of CSA, the concerns raised bythe external auditors of CSA and the issues raised in ourmemorandum."

The trio alleged that Majola''s "double bonus" after theIPL had robbed the affiliates of about 400,000 rand each.

As pressure increased on Majola and the Sports Minister,the latter told the weekly City Press yesterday that he wouldget a full briefing and report from CSA and interact with allthe parties involved.

"No individual is above the game and I need to find outwhether self-interest is involved," Mbalula said.

Story first published: Monday, February 7, 2011, 11:00 [IST]
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