‘Nyoka’s a liar and not my friend’

2011-12-06 15:29

Cricket South Africa (CSA) chief executive Gerald Majola launched a scathing attack on former CSA president Dr Mtutuzeli Nyoka, saying that even though they grew up together, they were not friends.

Nyoka told the ministerial inquiry into the financial affairs of CSA in Pretoria today that most of the allegations made by Nyoka were not true, adding that he (Nyoka) knew about the bonuses and that he told him he got the bonus.

“Dr Nyoka served in a committee that dealt with the GCB (Gauteng Cricket Board) matter and the schedule which outlined the bonuses was shared with the committee, which he was part of,” Majola said.

He said that he did not receive any kickbacks or commissions in regard to the Indian Premier League (IPL) bonuses in 2009.

“I received payment like every other staff member did. I cannot understand giving somebody (Nyoka) a (bonus) schedule and concede that I have not told you,” he told the inquiry in Pretoria today.

Majola said it was the former chief operations officer Don McIntosh who determined the controversial IPL bonuses and that he had disclosed his bonus (of R1.47 million) to the CSA board.

“McIntosh decided my bonus and he drew up the bonus schedule, but it was very difficult to verify my own bonus. The IPL authorised the schedule and paid the LOC (local organising committee),” he said.

Majola admitted that he did not disclose his bonus in accordance with Section 234 of the Companies Act because he did not know about it and he was not aware of the duty of disclosure that required him to disclose any personal gain he could accrue under CSA’s auspices.

“I was totally convinced at the time because it was common practice (to notify the board verbally of the bonus). I disclosed properly when I did, only to be advised later that it had to be disclosed in terms of Section 234 of the Companies Act. I had absolutely no idea of the format in the act and I am the first one to admit I did not disclose as the act required me to do,” Majola said.

When asked about the IPL contracts, Majola said the contracts were not secret and they were available to any member of the board who wanted to see them.

“If the BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India) insisted on a confidentiality clause, we had to agree with it. There was nothing sinister about the IPL contract. Anyone who wanted to see the contract had to come to the office and sign for them for security measures,” he added.

Majola launched a scathing attack on former CSA president Dr Mtutuzeli Nyoka, saying even though they grew up together, they were not friends and most of the allegations made by Nyoka were not true, adding that he (Nyoka) knew about the bonuses and that he told him he got the bonus.

“Dr Nyoka served in a committee that dealt with the GCB (Gauteng Cricket Board) matter and the schedule which outlined the bonuses was shared with the committee, which he was part of,” Majola said.


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