In this ex­tract from his book, ad­mits feel­ing pity and some af­fec­tion for Gerald Ma­jola when SA’s once em­i­nent cricket boss was dis­missed

Nyoka Mtu­tuzeli

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‘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;

Pan Macmil­lan; R221 at takealot.com

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