Johannesburg: The promised government probe into the alleged irregularities in the finances of Cricket South Africa (CSA), which was sparked by irregular IPL bonus payments to its chief executive Gerald Majola, has been delayed by a further week.
Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula announced on October 16 that he would appoint an inquiry headed by a retired judge within a week to investigate the issue of R4.7 million bonuses begin paid out to Majola and a host of other CSA staff without being properly reported to the board.
CSA President Mtutuzeli Nyoka, who originally asked for an external inquiry, was dismissed in absentia for a second time a fortnight ago.
After his first dismissal, CSA initiated an internal inquiry which largely cleared Majola of any wrongdoing.
Returning to his position after a High Court order, Nyoka reinstated the external investigation in which auditors KPMG are said to have fingered Majola as being in contravention of the Companies Act.
CSA, which has consistently refused to make the report public, just reprimanded Majola and brought charges against Nyoka for bringing the organisation into disrepute, leading to his second dismissal in absentia.
"The minister is not backtracking (on his promise)," Nyoka's spokesman Paena Galane told the daily Business Day, citing a full government schedule as the cause of the delay.
"He will make an announcement by the end of this week. You can't crowd government's programme too much. Consultation on the CSA issue with major stakeholders is still taking place."
The Minister decided to intervene amid growing concern about the administration of the sport in South Africa, with sponsors reluctant to come forward.
The ongoing Australian cricket team's tour started last week without any sponsor for the ODI and Twenty20 series, and although there is speculation that a sponsor has been secured for the Test series, there has been no announcement yet from CSA in this regard.