Majola stumped: all we're waiting for now is third umpire
The Times Editorial: Yesterday's guilty verdict in the Cricket SA disciplinary hearing of its suspended chief executive has probably brought the Gerald Majola saga to an end. The man is still fighting a rearguard action in the Labour Court but that might be in vain.
The case against Majola has been building steadily ever since it was revealed that he took money, rightly owed to Cricket SA, for himself and a few others. The money had come from an Indian Premier League tournament staged in South Africa in 2009 and, as has been shown in evidence before the Nicholson Commission, was not his to dispense as he saw fit.
Until now Majola and his lawyers have attempted to brush off Judge Chris Nicholson's findings, which had cast the former cricket boss in a poor light.
It will be more difficult for him to try the same tactic now with Karel Tip, who chaired the Cricket SA disciplinary hearing. Tip is one of the sharpest legal minds in the country and an experienced labour lawyer (he is also representing the National Union of Mineworkers in the Marikana inquiry). That a Labour Court judge would make a finding contrary to that of Nicholson and Tip is, therefore, unlikely. Majola's wicket has obviously been taken and all we are waiting for now is the third umpire's confirmation.
Tip's finding means that Cricket SA can now continue to clean its Augean stables and put in place a board that will do proper work, unlike the old one, which merely rubber-stamped Majola's schemes.
There is still much work to do. The rumblings within the Gauteng Cricket Board, though not directly linked to the Majola case, will need resolving soon and the game itself needs to be given priority. For too long South African cricket has been obsessed with get-rich-quick schemes such as the IPL and other gimmicks and has neglected the grassroots of the game. Cricket has a rich heritage in our country, it just needs a bit of genuine nurturing.