Haroon Lorgat is still earning his full CEO salary despite his departure six months ago, according to sources.
According to an anonymous Sport 24 source, who is said to be an industry insider, CSA failed to negotiate his settlement after his departure in September.
Lorgat was responsible for the rise and fall of the Global T20 league which was set to debut in November 2017, but his failure to sell the broadcasting rights of the tournament led CSA to take affirmative action.
A R3-million settlement was rumored to be the payout figure, but CSA’s inability to negotiate the terms has led to Lorgat being paid double a standard CEO salary.
‘It was logical for them to do that,’ said the unnamed official.
‘But what wasn’t logical was the fact that, after the review was concluded, they carried on paying him despite the fact that they knew the settlement amount was not going to come down.’
CSA interim president Chris Nenzani refused the accusation about the complications with the settlement.
‘The information I have received from the legal team handling this matter is that there has been a sense of agreement,’ he said.
‘I was briefed that, as of 31 March, the matter would be concluded and I have not yet received a briefing to the contrary. If there is no conclusion, it has to be on a minor level. So I’m quite hopeful that we’ll conclude things as soon as possible.’
Nenzani explained that the settlement negotiations had to be pushed back.
‘We put proceedings on hold as we were doing the investigation around the governance processes of trying to put together the Global T20.’
Approximately R180-million was wasted during the organisation of the league. That total could will rise with CSA said to issue payouts for players who were drafted in the league and could rise even further if franchise owners depart.
It is strange that the issue has not been resolved, especially with the humiliation CSA received after the postponement of the tournament.
“If Haroon is not responsible, then the board should be because they appointed him to start the Global T20,’ said the anonymous industry insider. ‘We’ve lost R180 million, and it seems like nobody will be held accountable.’