Hawks are yet to charge Majola

The Hawks have yet to charge suspended CSA boss, since it started probing allegations of fraud against him.

Suspended Cricket SA CEO Gerald Majola. Picture: Taurai Maduna/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The Hawks have yet to charge suspended Cricket South Africa (CSA) CEO Gerald Majola, after it started an investigation into allegations of fraud against him.

The CSA board held a meeting on Saturday, where it made a commitment to clean up its administration, following a bonus scandal involving Majola.

The Minister of Sports and Recreation, Fikile Mbalula, established an inquiry in 2011, to investigate bonuses received by Majola and other CSA executives for the 2009 Indian Premier League. 

Majola received a R1.8 million bonus, while former Chief Operating Officer Don McIntosh was given a R1.4 million bonus.

In March, the Nicholson Inquiry found that Majola contravened the Companies Act by not declaring the paid bonuses to the CSA or its remuneration committee.

Judge Chris Nicolson and his committee also found that Majola was the driving force behind his bonus, and not a willing recipient as he previously claimed. 

Nicholson said the initial commission set to investigate the bonuses was a cover up. 

“We believe that the commission was set up to protect Mr. Majola from any inquiry by [Chief Judge Puis Langa] and to minimise any fallout.”

Nicolson and his committee recommended that Majola be suspended and that an internal disciplinary inquiry be held. They further suggested that the matter be referred to the National Director of Public Prosecutions for possible criminal charges. 

Hawks spokesperson McIntosh Polela said “we are investigating a case of fraud.”

He said the investigative body could not assume what the charges will be - should the matter be heard in court.