Nyoka is bowled out of cricket body’s top post

2011-02-12 18:44

Cricket South Africa (CSA) yesterday successfully gunned down president Mtutuzeli Nyoka, but public confidence in the running of the sport is the collateral damage.

Nyoka has been in the sights of the Members’ Forum, made up of the 11 provincial presidents, after he suggested that a more detailed examination of CEO Gerald Majola and the IPL bonuses was necessary.

The outcome of yesterday’s meeting at OR Tambo International Airport was always going to be a fait accompli.

Sports minister Fikile Mbalula gave the game away when he told the media that he was merely an “observer” at the meeting, which had been called to “execute decisions” already made.

The Members’ Forum duly rushed through a vote of no confidence in Nyoka, terminating his presidency with immediate effect.

Nyoka’s exit has opened the way for AK Khan to become the acting president and the former vice-president must be extremely pleased he did such an excellent job heading up the internal inquiry into Majola’s handling of his IPL bonuses.

Majola came out of that process with just a rap over the knuckles, being called “naïve”, but escaping any disciplinary ­action.

Khan was quick to try and brush the whole bonus issue under the carpet.

When asked why the Members’ Forum had so rapidly lost confidence in their president, he refused to give an answer.

“There are a number of reasons, going back weeks and months, but we are passed that stage now of having to explain them,” Khan said.

CSA will, however, be giving a full report and explanation for the decision to Mbalula by the end of next week, with the sports minister promising “a full examination before we make our opinion very clear”.

Former CSA director Paul Harris, who was voted out of ­office just as the bonus scandal came to light, said the CSA needed to uphold higher standards of transparency because it was basically managing a national asset.

“I think Cricket South Africa has a duty to uphold good governance principles that are greater in a public entity than for private companies. Because they are acting on behalf of the public, they should have more onerous standards of governance,” Harris told City Press.

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