Majola walks out of disciplinary hearing

Suspended CSA CEO Gerald Majola has left the inquiry after his special plea was declined.

Gerald Majola

JOHANNESBURG - Suspended Cricket South Africa (CSA) CEO Gerald Majola on Wednesday walked out of his official disciplinary hearing.

Witnesses were due to begin giving evidence in the case.

Last week, inquiry chairperson Chris Nicholson turned down a special plea from Majola, questioning the lawfulness of the process.

Majola will now approach the Labour Court while the disciplinary inquiry continues in his absence.

He said he took the decision to walk out because Sport Minister Fikile Mbalula overstepped his mandate and undermined the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (Sascoc), by setting up the Nicholson Inquiry.

Nicholson told the hearing he did not have the authority to make a ruling on the minister's interference, Majola's lawyer Pumezo David said.

"These issues are central to the hearing. We want an adjournment pending the final version of an application we intend to bring in the Labour Court. The chairperson refused that application, so we saw no logic in proceeding [with the disciplinary]."

Earlier in 2012, Majola was suspended from CSA after the Nicholson Inquiry found there was a _prima facie _case that he had transgressed the Companies Act by failing to properly declare bonuses.

These relate to the bonuses received by CSA executives following the staging of the 2009 Indian Premier League.