Johannesburg: Suspended Cricket South Africa chief executive Gerald Majola has failed in his bid to get the chairman of his disciplinary hearing over irregular IPL bonuses changed. Objections by Majola's legal team to have senior counsel John Myburgh as chairman were dismissed by the chairman of the Johannesburg Bar, Craig Watt-Pringle, who appointed Myburgh.
Majola's team had argued that the Nicholson Inquiry, that called for the hearing, has not been specific about which society of advocates should appoint the chairman - insisting that it should be the General Council of the Bar.
Amid claims that Majola was merely trying to stall the process, Watt-Pringle agreed that there were several Bar Societies in the country, but that his interpretation was that the chairman should come from the Johannesburg Society of Advocates.
CSA's legal representative Nicholas Preston said they were anticipating more technicalities to be used by Majola in attempts to defer his hearing. Majola is not only facing the disciplinary process but also possible criminal charges in terms of the Companies Act that are currently being investigated by law enforcement agencies.
Both charges stem out of recommendations of the Nicholson Inquiry instituted by Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula following almost two years of wrangling over huge IPL 2 bonuses that Majola allegedly paid himself and other CSA staff without informing the board.
IPL 2 was held in South Africa due to concerns over security at the time related to elections in India.