I was never a recipient of a huge CSA bonus

2011-12-17 14:55

I have no intention of responding to Cricket SA (CSA) chief executive Gerald Majola’s vitriol reported in the press this past Sunday.

I would, however, like to correct an inaccuracy that appeared in City Press.

The article stated that I was one of 15 directors who shared the International Cricket Council Cricket World Cup 2003 dividend of more than R9 million.

I was never a recipient of any bonus from the organisation.

I resigned as a director from the United Cricket Board/CSA in 2001 – two years before the World Cup and returned to cricket administration in 2005.

I even instructed UCB/CSA to donate the director’s allowance that was due to me when I served on the board under the late Percy Sonn.

I would also like to support the sentiments recently expressed by Judge Chris Nicholson, chair of the ministerial committee of inquiry, that the commission be given more powers, those of cross- examination, and that the commission’s final determination be binding on all parties.

This matter has attained a high degree of significance in the eyes of the South African public.

There is a realisation that it is no longer just a cricket issue, but a symptom of decay and of the rapidly declining standards in our society.

Its conclusion will have a large effect on the future relationship between the paying public and sponsors on the one hand, and the leadership of cricket.

Judge Nicholson, by virtue of his comments, has also realised this, and I am certain his fellow commissioners have too.

Its final resolution, therefore, cannot and should not be left to CSA, an organisation that has an uneasy relationship with accountability and corporate governance.

And also a body which, according to its own chairperson of the legal and governance subcommittee, Ajay Sooklal, is dysfunctional.

The recent comments of its most senior executive, which only served to further denude CSA of the respect accorded to them by the public, can only enhance this perception.

My humble appeal to the sports minister, the honourable Fikile Mbalula, is that he reconsider during the holiday break the terms of reference of the Nicholson Commission.

Its mandate goes far beyond that of auditors KPMG and Advocate Azhar Bham, therefore it can ensure an effective resolution to perhaps the worst cricket crisis our country has confronted in recent memory.

» Dr Nyoka is former CSA president

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