THE war at the pinnacle of South African cricket has stepped up a gear after Cricket South Africa failed to respond to legal action by its ousted president, Mtutuzeli Nyoka.
Nyoka had a legal notice served on CSA outlining his intention to contest the vote of no-confidence that led to his axing last month.
Nyoka, who, like CSA chief executive Gerald Majola, was born in Port Elizabeth and played for the United Cricket Club, was dismissed last month when CSA‘s Members‘ Forum passed a motion of no-confidence in him at a special meeting.
CSA gave no reasons for the motion, although Nyoka said it was clearly aimed at his opposition to board members not following proper procedure and an internal inquiry over undisclosed bonus payments to Majola and other staffers after the Indian Premier League competition in 2009.
Nyoka is now contesting his sacking and has taken his case to the South Gauteng High Court for legal recourse about why they did it.
CSA spokesman Michael Owen- Smith would not say yesterday what CSA‘s response would be.
“We will let the legal process takes its course. CSA will not be making any comment until the process has been concluded,” Owen- Smith said. “It is in the hands of our legal and governance committee.”
Nyoka yesterday referred all inquiries about the case to his counsel, Bernard Matheson. He confirmed that CSA had been given until Tuesday to respond and “we had set a date for the 15th of this month in the South Gauteng High Court”.
While a late response was possible yesterday, at the time of going to press there was no word on whether CSA had responded in time.
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