Nyoka raises bat for probe on CSA finances

2011-04-30 16:25

Mtutuzeli Nyoka, the recently ­reinstated president of Cricket South Africa (CSA), insists that only a full, independent forensic ­audit can help restore CSA’s battered image in the wake of the bonus scandal which has rocked the organisation.

A storm has raged around the bonus scandal, in which 40 CSA employees received a total of R4.7 million in unauthorised bonuses following the successful hosting of the Indian ­Premier League and the ­Champions Trophy in 2009.

CSA came under fire for holding an internal inquiry into the matter, rather than the ­external hearing which had originally been mooted.

“The integrity of the people running the game has been questioned,” Nyoka told City Press this week.

“The only way for those ­people to remain in those lofty ­positions is for them to be ­exonerated by a team of ­independent people. They ­cannot clear their names ­themselves,” said Nyoka.

Nyoka was removed as CSA president in February following a vote of no confidence from the CSA board. But he was ­reinstated on April 15 after a successful court application to have his dismissal ruled null and void.

Judge Phineas Mojapelo ruled that Nyoka had not been ­properly notified of the ­meeting which led to his ­dismissal, and his right to be heard was ­therefore violated.

Nyoka feels that his win in court was not as important for him as it was for the future of cricket in South Africa.

“It is not about me being vindicated. It’s about the values of cricket (and) it is a step in the right direction,” he said.

On Wednesday, CSA will hold a meeting, to be attended by the members’ forum and the CSA board, to review the ­judgment on the reinstatement of Nyoka and its implications for the organisation.

Nyoka has been invited to the meeting but he is still ­unsure whether he will ­attend. He says he will consult his lawyers on the legalities of his attendance.

However, he has prepared a memorandum, outlining his views and position, which will be given to the people ­attending the meeting.

“I have written a three-page memorandum to speak about my views on what I believe to be in the best interests of the game,” Nyoka explained.

“My strongest recommendation is for a forensic audit and I have indicated my views in the memorandum. In my ­opinion, we currently have a situation which is unprecedented in the history of cricket in South Africa,” he added.

Nyoka believes that he has started to get through to some of the people who voted him out in the first place.

“I have engaged some presidents and it is interesting that some of the people who voted me out are having second thoughts. The only option for CSA to restore their image is for a full, forensic audit to take place.”

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