Majola: Nyoka is a snake
Cape Town - Cricket South Africa (CSA) CEO Gerald Majola has for the first time lashed out publicly against Mtutuzeli Nyoka, who was dismissed as CSA president in October after a bitter feud between the two.
Nyoka has been involved in a long-standing dispute with CSA and especially Majola. He threatened to blow the lid on corruption in cricket, calling for an independent inquiry into bonuses paid to 40 CSA staff members last year.
He was then fired in February but CSA was told to reinstate him after a court judgment found he was unlawfully dismissed. He was again axed in October this year.
Majola last week admitted in front of a commission of inquiry into CSA's finances that he failed to disclose a R1,8 million bonus he received after South Africa's hosting of the 2009 Indian Premier League (IPL).
"Maybe it was a mistake to keep quiet for so long because through the eyes of the cricket public I was already guilty the first time Nyoka ran to the media," Majola told the Rapport newspaper.
"He has targeted me for years now. When he was still president of the Gauteng Cricket Board, he called me a buffoon and said I was against transformation.
"He is a snake like his surname (in Zulu) says and only he will know why he said all those things," said Majola.
Majola also lashed out against the country's former cricket boss, Ali Bacher. He claims in Sunday's Rapport that Bacher is a liar who also received millions of rands in bonuses and that Bacher is still being "supported" by CSA.