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Majola not stalling, say lawyers

Suspended Cricket SA chief executive Gerald Majola's was not trying to delay disciplinary proceedings against him, his lawyers said on Tuesday.

“Our client received charges two months after he was suspended,” Pumezo David, a director at Knowles Husain Lindsay Inc. Attorneys, said in a statement.

Suspended Cricket South Africa CEO Gerald Majola. Credit: Gallo Images

“This is despite the fact that the facts upon which these charges are based has been dealt with repeatedly on various forums, including the Nicholson enquiry, and has always been available to CSA.”

David said Majola's suspension was “procedurally and substantively” unlawful.

“In order to have these proceedings finalised speedily, our client elected not to challenge his suspension in court,” David said.

“It therefore cannot be true that his intentions are to delay the disciplinary proceedings.

“On the contrary, our client is anxious to have this matter finalised.”

Majola reportedly failed in his bid to remove John Myburgh as the independent chairman of the hearing.

Nicholas Preston, an associate at Glyn Marais, CSA's lawyers, told Business Day on Monday they expected further possible delays to the process after Majola's objection was turned down.

“Our client has indeed objected to the appointment of Mr John Myburgh and the reasons for that objection were provided to those concerned,” David said.

“His rights are reserved in that regard. Our client's current position on this matter is also reflected in a letter to CSA's representatives.”

Majola was suspended in March after R4.7 million in bonuses were paid to CSA staff without clearance from the board or the remuneration committee. – Sapa

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