Cricket SA to meet over Nyoka affair

2011-05-03 13:27

Cricket South Africa (CSA) will discuss possible legal procedures tomorrow night amid allegations of financial impropriety levelled against the federation by its president, Mtutuzeli Nyoka.

CSA vice-president AK Khan said the meeting in Johannesburg would include all board members and affiliates, and Nyoka’s future at the federation would be on the agenda.

“Our legal and governance committees will discuss the allegations that have been made, and we will be guided by them,” Khan said today.

Khan said Nyoka had acknowledged receipt of his invitation, but he had not confirmed his attendance.

He added that CSA had yet to file an appeal against a court judgment that reinstated Nyoka.

The federation said hours after the judgment was made that it would file an appeal, but had not done so with a week to go before the deadline.

Khan said a decision on the appeal would be made after the meeting.

Nyoka called for an independent investigation last year after 40 CSA staff members, including CEO Gerald Majola, were paid bonuses for the hosting of the Indian Premier League (IPL) and ICC Champions Trophy tournaments.

An internal inquiry was held instead and Majola was given a slap on the wrist but was ultimately cleared.

Nyoka was fired in February but won a court judgment last month after CSA was found to have dismissed him unlawfully.

It was later revealed that Nyoka, who had threatened to reveal corruption in cricket, alleged in court papers that R68 m had disappeared from a CSA bank account.

The federation said the money had been held on behalf of the IPL as running costs for the Twenty20 competition which South Africa hosted in 2009.

Tubby Reddy, CEO of the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (Sascoc), said last week the Olympic governing body would consider an independent investigation into CSA’s financial affairs.

Sports minister Fikila Mbalula reportedly told CSA last week that it had until tomorrow to settle its differences with Nyoka or he would ask Sascoc to intervene.

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