Cricket SA disciplinary finds Majola guilty

Gerald Majola. (Craig Nieuwenhuizen, Gallo)

Gerald Majola. (Craig Nieuwenhuizen, Gallo)

Suspended Cricket South Africa CEO Gerald Majola was found guilty in absentia on Wednesday by a disciplinary hearing, 

Eyewitness News quoted CSA lawyer Nicholas Preston as saying: "He did not appear. We will proceed with all evidence on sanctions and we will have an outcome on Friday."

Majola last week withdrew from the disciplinary hearing, and took his case to the Labour Court instead, claiming the process which brought about the hearing was not legal.

He was referring to an independent inquiry, headed by retired judge Chris Nicholson and commissioned by Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula.

The Nicholson inquiry found Majola had breached the Companies' Act by authorising R4.7-million in bonuses to be paid to CSA staff without clearance from the CSA board or remuneration committee.

Nicholson also recommended Majola be suspended and given time to prepare his defence before a disciplinary hearing.

Majola had initially been cleared of any wrongdoing by the CSA board after internal investigations took place but various stakeholders, including sponsors, were not satisfied until Mbalula instigated an independent probe. – Sapa

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