Nyoka signed R1m travel allowance for Majola

2011-11-25 14:43

Former Cricket SA (CSA) president Mtutuzeli Nyoka revealed today that he signed off on a R1 million travel allowance for chief executive Gerald Majola thinking it was a salary adjustment contract.

“I read the first page and signed it... I trusted what he [Majola] was telling me,” he told the sport ministry’s committee of inquiry into financial affairs at CSA.

Nyoka said the contract included an allowance for Majola and his wife to travel around the world.

He said Majola had approached him at the start of 2010 for a salary adjustment, which he agreed to.

Majola then came back to him saying the adjustment had been approved by the remuneration committee and asked Nyoka to sign the document, which he did.

Majola’s travel included trips with his children and a visit to Sun City for a concert, Nyoka said.

He said that to his knowledge, the CSA policy on travel allowances included only travel connected to cricket events.

The committee, chaired by Judge Chris Nicholson, was announced by Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula on November 4 after a KPMG report recommended that CSA’s remuneration and travel allowance policy be reviewed.

Auditors found that R4.5 million in bonuses had been kept secret from CSA’s remuneration committee, with Majola breaching the Companies Act on at least four occasions.

Nyoka told the committee on Friday that Majola’s “crime” was that he did not disclose any information.

He said Majola’s behaviour was misleading and deceptive, and could not be blamed on naivety.

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