‘I defended Majola’

2011-11-25 15:14

Former Cricket South Africa (CSA) president Dr Mthuthuzeli Nyoka appeared before the Ministerial Committee on day three of the enquiry.

The hearing was moved from the sports and recreation building to the Loftus Versfeld Stadium.

Nyoka, who was twice ousted by a vote of no confidence motion this year, said he defended CSA chief executive Gerald Majola, to the point where he felt the Gauteng Cricket Board (GCB) had a prejudicial and racial axe to grind with Majola.

“The GCB said Majola was in receipt of millions of rands of Indian Premier League (IPL) money, but he had not told anyone about that – further saying that his participation in the negotiations on this matter was wrong on many levels,” Nyoka said today.

He said further that while they were in London during the 2009 ICC Twenty20 World Cup, he met with Majola privately where they discussed how they were going to tackle the racism and prejudice within the GCB that was directed at Majola.

Nyoka further revealed that he wanted to motivate a bonus that was the equivalent to 36 times his monthly salary because of his role in the successful hosting of the IPL in 2009, something he said he received stick for later on.

“I asked those people who accused me of being an enemy of Gerald to find anybody in the world with an enemy who would motivate for you to get a bonus that is an equivalent of three years’ salary,” he said.

When the bonus issue came up again, Nyoka said loyalty blinded him again when he overruled an enquiry into the finances, believing that there was a white mafia theory against Majola.

He added further that when he received an email about an internal audit that was conducted from Colin Beggs – the former head of the Audit Committee – he still could not believe the accusations levelled against Majola.

“I went to his (Majola’s) office and asked him about the audit. He then said to me ‘How was an audit conducted in my office without my knowledge’?” he said.

Nyoka said his mind was only swayed when the Audit Committee voted in favour of an external enquiry, something Majola objected to vehemently.

When he tried to plead with Majola to talk about the bonus issue, Nyoka said Majola’s response was:
“I did not disclose my bonus to the late Percy Sonn, I did not disclose my bonus to Ray Mali and I will not disclose them to you.”

Nyoka said the decision to undertake an external enquiry was then reversed after Majola met with John Bester, where Majola said all internal avenues had to be explored before they undertook an external enquiry.

“The Khan commission took place and it was run by those who suggested the enquiry and not all affected parties were invited to the enquiry,” he added.

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