Majola: It wasn’t me who picked the CSA bonuses

Cricket South Africa (CSA) chief executive Gerald Majola says his contentious bonus after the Indian Premier League (IPL) series in 2009 was determined by CSA operations officer Don McIntosh.

“Mr McIntosh [determined my bonus], and his own bonus as well,” Majola told a ministerial inquiry into CSA’s affairs in Pretoria.

“Mr McIntosh did a full schedule, including his [bonus] which I accepted as well. I never discussed mine as it’s very difficult to discuss your own bonus.”

Majola took the stand for the first time in the inquiry into bonuses paid to staff after the CSA hosted the Indian Premier League.

He said the contract signed for the event was exactly the same as the one used for hosting other International Cricket Council (ICC) events.

Don McIntosh, CSA’s operations officer, was the tournament director for the IPL, Majola said.

He fulfilled the same role in the 2007 Twenty20 World Cup held in South Africa and, given the short notice for the IPL, they agreed to apply the same terms and conditions.

Majola said they used the same principle for determining bonuses as the one applied in previous tournaments.

“The tournament director is more senior when it comes to that [bonuses] and depending on work done he uses a ‘multiples’ guide,” said Majola.

“He got more than me on other tournaments but on this one [IPL], I did more work than him.”

Committee chair Judge Chris Nicholson pushed Majola him on why he had written a letter to McIntosh on July 16 2009 telling him, “we have managed to negotiate with the IPL to pay you a special discretionary bonus for your contribution” to the IPL.

Majola said he had no recollection of the letter but each member of staff would have received the same letter if they received a bonus. — Sapa

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