Majola hearing to continue without him

Suspended CSA CEO Gerald Majola's walked out of his disciplinary hearing on Wednesday.

Suspended CSA CEO Gerald Majola. Picture: Werner Beukes/SAPA.

JOHANNESBURG - The disciplinary inquiry into suspended Cricket South Africa CEO Gerald Majola's will continue without him being present, CSA officials said on Wednesday.

Majola withdrew from the hearing on Wednesday, and has decided to approach the Labour Court instead.

He was suspended after the Nicholson Inquiry found there was a prima facie case that he had transgressed the Companies Act by not declaring bonuses paid to staff and executives.

The bonuses were from the 2009 Indian Premier League tournament hosted in South Africa.

Majola believes his disciplinary inquiry is unlawful.

He also thinks the Nicholson Inquiry never should have been set up, and that Sport and Recreation Minister Fikile Mbalula overstepped his mandate by interfering in CSAs affairs.

His lawyer Pumezo David said if he was successful in the Labour Court, the disciplinary will be declared invalid.

"We saw no logic in proceeding with the disciplinary hearingof a process which we're challenging and that we're saying is founded on unlawful acts," said David.

But a lawyer for the CSA, Nicholas Preston, said the hearing would go ahead and a second witness would testify on Thursday.

"Mr Majola was informed that this hearing would proceed in his absence... which he acknowledged."

Majola said he wanted to clear his name and protect the independence of CSA.