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Cricket South Africa boss fired
Chief executive Gerald Majola dismissed after being found guilty on nine counts of misconduct during his time in charge.
Last Modified: 19 Oct 2012 12:38
The charges against Majola included the unauthorised payment of bonuses to himself and other staff members [GALLO/GETTY]

Suspended Cricket South Africa (CSA) chief executive Gerald Majola has been dismissed for his part in a bonus scandal following a disciplinary hearing, the organisation announced on Friday.

Majola was found guilty on nine charges, including accepting bonuses, not declaring them to the board and wrongdoing around travel claims.

Advocate Karel Tip, who chaired the disciplinary hearing, said Majola should be dismissed.

The CSA said in a statement that they would "implement (the recommended sanction) with immediate effect."

Independent inquiry

Majola was suspended in March this year after an independent inquiry found that $540,000 in bonuses had been paid to CSA staff without clearance from the board or the remuneration committee after South Africa hosted of the 2009 Indian Premier League and the ICC Champions Trophy in the same year.

The inquiry also found that Majola had breached his fiduciary duties as he also received $205,000 of the bonus money paid out.

In his findings, Tip said Majola's actions had brought Cricket South Africa into "disrepute".

"His (Majola's) conduct in relation to the bonuses, his continued denial of any wrongdoing, his active part in events that have brought disruption and division within cricket, and his avoidance of a prompt resolution of the matter through due and prescribed processes, have materially contributed to bringing CSA - and the sport of cricket in this country – into disrepute," Tip said.

"Despite many opportunities, 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, avowing more than once that he 'had not received a cent'. In so doing he inter alia directly misled the (Sports) Minister and Deputy Minister and, in turn, allowed Parliament to be similarly misled."

Majola did not attend the disciplinary hearing and has taken the matter to labour court.

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Source:
Reuters
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