In this extract from his book, admits feeling pity and some affection for Gerald Majola when SA’s once eminent cricket boss was dismissed
‘Let justice be served though the heavens fall…’ These were the final conclusions of Advocate Karel Tip. While acting as CEO for Cricket SA (CSA) and in the context of a contract that he had concluded on behalf of CSA, Mr Gerald Majola negotiated large bonuses for himself and Don McIntosh, as well as lesser bonuses for the CSA staff.
In so doing, he wittingly placed himself in a situation that constituted a manifest conflict of interest.
To satisfy his fiduciary duties, it was required of him that he should first have obtained the authority of the CSA board to negotiate these bonuses and for them to be retained by himself and the other beneficiaries.
I gave my testimony to the Tip disciplinary inquiry on Wednesday, October 9 2012. The hearings were held at the offices of the CSA, where for 10 years Majola held sway over national cricket.
On the day of my testimony, Majola and I almost fell into each other at the door, as he and his legal team stormed out of the hearings. His face did not look sad. If anything, it seemed to me to be glowing with a fire of defiance. He smiled as he walked by and, to my surprise, even greeted me.
A few people had informed me that, in private, he had grudgingly expressed his respect for me. At least as an opponent I stood in plain sight, unlike those who hypocritically grovelled in his presence but wouldn’t waste any opportunity to smite him.
I remember feeling sorry for him. In some corner of my heart I still harboured some affection for him, our bitter feud notwithstanding. He had after all been a part of most of my life – a past that I often recall with fondness.
Deliberate Concealment by Mtutuzeli Nyoka;
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