Nyoka asked for Majola bonus

2011-11-25 13:39

Johannesburg - Former Cricket South Africa (CSA) president Mtutuzeli Nyoka revealed on Friday that he approached the cricket board to motivate for a three-year-salary bonus for his former CEO and friend Gerald Majola.

This "special bonus" was to reward Majola for the "first class' way he managed the 2009 Indian Premier League (IPL), he told the Sport Ministry's committee of inquiry into the financial affairs of CSA in Pretoria on Friday.

Nyoka did not specify what the board decided to do after he made his request at a board meeting.

The remuneration committee's policy was that a three month salary bonus be paid for outstanding work.

But former CSA remuneration committee chairperson Paul Harris told the inquiry committee on Thursday that a different arrangement was made.

When the IPL came at short notice, it was decided that the board would pay Majola and former chief operations officer Don McIntosh seven times their salary, including a reward for IPL performance.

There was an unaccounted R1.75 million for Majola, and R1.47 million for McIntosh, according to Harris.

When accusations of undeclared bonuses were made by the Gauteng Cricket Board, Nyoka approached Majola.

Majola's reply was: "This (position), for me, is nothing but national service." Majola denied receiving undeclared bonuses.

Majola added that the many attempts to remove him, through these accusations, were spearheaded mainly by white administrators showing prejudice and racism.

Nyoka said he trusted what Majola was saying.

However, in mid-July 2010, Nyoka was informed of an internal audit which revealed a total amount of R4.5 million in undisclosed bonuses.

He contacted former national director for the National Prosecuting Authority, Vusi Pikoli, for advice on what to do.

Pikoli said that as president, Nyoka was obligated to defend his organisation rather than defend his friend, Majola.

Nyoka was dismissed as CSA president after a vote of no confidence by the CSA board on October 15.

It was the second time Nyoka had been dismissed, after a vote of no confidence in February. Nyoka took the CSA to court and was reinstated by the South Gauteng High Court after it was found he was not given adequate notice of the February meeting.

Nyoka had expressed his desire for an external investigation into the allocations of bonuses. CSA opted for an internal investigation instead.

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.