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Mbalula to meet CSA bosses

Sports minister Fikile Mbalula will meet with Cricket SA (CSA) bosses in Johannesburg on Thursday in the aftermath of a lengthy bonus scandal.

Ministry spokesman Paena Galane said on Wednesday Mbalula expected all the sport's top brass to be in attendance, including acting CSA chief executive Jacques Faul and acting president Willie Basson.

Sports minister Fikile Mbalula. Credit: Gallo Images

“The minister had hoped to meet with CSA last week, but there were some disturbances,” Galane said.

“He will meet with them tomorrow and we are expecting everyone (on the CSA board) to be there.”

The cricket body met a deadline on April 9 to respond to a ministerial inquiry into its finances, led by retired judge Chris Nicholson.

Mbalula was expected to decide on Thursday whether CSA had taken appropriate action in response to the Nicholson report. The CSA board said last month it had accepted, in principle, the recommendations made by the inquiry.

It had set up a steering committee, comprising board representatives as well as independent members, to lead discussions on the governance structures of CSA.

A senior counsel was also appointed to chair the disciplinary inquiry of suspended CSA chief executive Gerald Majola. Majola was suspended in March after a lengthy bonus saga involving 40 CSA employees.

Bonuses amounting to R4.7 million were paid after the federation hosted the 2009 Indian Premier League, but the payments were not cleared by the board or the CSA remuneration committee. – Sapa

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