Nyoka fears for his life

2011-07-07 17:56

Cape Town - Cricket South Africa (CSA) president Mtutuzeli Nyoka is claiming that his life is at risk.

According to Stuart Hess in Thursday's Mercury, Nyoka made this statement shortly after returning to South Africa from Hong Kong where he attended the International Cricket Council's Annual General Meeting.

"It wasn't a specific threat, but I was made aware by two different sources that my security is at risk in terms of my own life,” Nyoka told The Star on Wednesday.

"I was briefed before I went to Hong Kong about securing my own bags so that no illegal substances could be put into them.

"What really widened my eyes was that these were two sources, independent of each other, but who both gave me the same information."

Nyoka did not reveal who these sources were, simply describing them as "official institutions in the country", and that they had informed him that he could be the target of a "botched hijacking".

Nyoka has been involved in a long-standing dispute with CSA. 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.

However, Nyoka does not believe this could be the reason for him being threatened. "I can't think that it is anything about what I've been asking about Cricket South Africa's finances," said Nyoka.


  • jock - 2011-07-07 18:09

    dont worry sport most of us here back home fear for our lives everyday but we are surviving ok

  • Motho - 2011-07-07 18:22

    How do you explain the fact a medical doctor is leading SA cricket?

      Eric West - 2011-07-07 18:35

      How do you explain the fact that a herd boy, with Std 3, is leading SA? Mind you, he's not really leading the country, is he? He's more in it for the money - not to mention revamping his Nkandla kraal to the tune of R64m at the taxpayers' expense!

      Wow! - 2011-07-07 19:23

      Yep - Eric that is exactly the situation. I wish the doctor - medical or not was leading South Africa.

      StBad - 2011-07-07 20:36

      @Eric West: I want to see this Kraal!!!!!

  • Eric West - 2011-07-07 18:36

    Threatening people's lives is becoming the norm in SA. Smacks of Mugabe and his regime.

      Vince.York - 2011-07-07 19:30

      The African version of transformed Democracy IS brutality and coercion and nepotism under total centralized control - so if you toe-the-line and make the right friends and contacts then you will have 'fewer' fears when you step outside or even inside your doorway. Commonly referred to as Ubuntu down here south. Yes?

  • Shorts1 - 2011-07-07 18:37

    Put someone in the role who actually understands what cricket is all about, as opposed to an ANC cadre appointment, and then you won't have any potential problems of this nature..

      SX137 - 2011-07-07 19:09

      You hit the nail on the head.

  • Barry Edwards - 2011-07-07 19:31

    Cricket is a BUSINESS. The only thing missing in SA Cricket is business people. All the cricket people are already there.

  • Babba x - 2011-07-07 19:33

    Ag please

  • StBad - 2011-07-07 20:37

    Sounds like he's genuinely asking questions that many people don't want answered... has my support!

  • yank - 2011-07-07 20:42

    I think it's the India connection he refrring to without saying it.....He just double-crossed them at the ICC meeting....

  • Bill - 2011-07-07 21:55

    How is it possible that sports administrators are suddenly victims of all manner of conspiracies? What has happened to sport to make the administrators- the blazer wearing cocktail munching kickback taking VIP suite occupying 1st class flying self aggrandizing administrators - so important that they are subject to death threats? Oh, perhaps I have answered it - it is all those cocktails kickbacks VIP seats, 1st class tickets - is somebody jealous of their lifestyle? Or is it an ex-player that wants to stop people wearing a blazer they have not earned. Whatever happened to the people that served the sport for the love of the sport and not for the love of the limelight????????

      grant9 - 2011-07-08 03:03

      My take is that the new breed of ANC deployees will happily forgo the limelight so long as they get the money. The government is always harping on about transformation in sport especially ones that generate money. SA needs to develop cricket at grass roots level in the townships. Money that should have been used for this purpose has just been shared out amongst officials. Africa : what hope?

  • grant9 - 2011-07-08 03:15

    What a pity people like Dr Ali Bacher and other administrators of his era don't comment on this forum...

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