Nyoka doesn’t regret opposing CSA board

2012-03-17 18:14

Nearly R200 million went through the separate bank account that Cricket SA (CSA) created for the 2009 Indian Premier League (IPL) – and the account has never been audited.

This was revealed by former CSA president Dr Mtutuzeli Nyoka in an in-depth interview with City Press this week.

Sources also told City Press that there was R28 million in the account.

Questioned about it, Nyoka replied: “Not R28 million. There was more than R100 million; in fact, close to R200 million expenditure from that account has never been audited.”

Nyoka said even leading accounting firm KPMG, which was tasked with investigating CSA’s finances, never audited the separate account. “This was because the account was not included in the terms of reference of the investigation.”

He said that when he realised there was something amiss, he approached the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).

BCCI president Shashank Manohar, Nyoka informed City Press, gave him a letter giving permission to conduct a forensic audit of the IPL’s expenses in South Africa because he also did not know what had happened to the money.

Nyoka said the letter got him into trouble and was “strangled” by the board, which asked where he got permission to audit the account.

“If the account was not audited, how could people say that there was misappropriation? I was saying the account must be audited, which was the point that got me strangled by the board. That account even today has not been audited.

“Instead of saying: ‘Thanks God, let’s clear this thing and move on’, they asked: ‘Who gave you permission?’

“When people start to question your motives instead of dealing with the issues, then you start to wonder,” he added.

The now suspended CSA chief executive Gerald Majola said Nyoka was “lying” as the said account had been audited by another auditing firm Deloitte & Touche.

“You can check the documents at the CSA office,” said a dispirited Majola.

Nyoka slammed Majola for allegedly spending the association’s money to travel with his wife and children.
KPMG said in its report that one of the trips Majola took and paid for with a CSA credit card had nothing to do with cricket.

Said Nyoka: “There was no cricket business at the destination he travelled to, but an R. Kelly concert.

“There are children – black and white – around the country who are in desperate need of resources. It is sinful to steal from people who are in such dire need.

“Look at how Makhaya’s (Ntini) life was changed by cricket and by doing what they have done, denying so many Makhayas a chance to change their lives, it is sinful.”

Nyoka said he didn’t regret opposing the board, and had some advice for the remaining board members.

“When you are a leader of cricket, those traits – integrity and honesty – need to be built in you.”

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