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January 19, 2011
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Cricket South Africa president Dr Mtutuzeli Nyoka has been asked to quit after a written notice was sent to him, on Wednesday, of a motion of no confidence against him. "He has been asked to step down, that's all I am willing to say," a source close to CSA told ESPNcricinfo.
The letter given to Nyoka serves as notice of a special general meeting that will take place in 21 days. "The only order of business on the agenda is a motion of no confidence in the President," Gerald Majola, CSA chief executive said.
Nyoka was verbally informed of the motion of no confidence on Monday but said he wanted to see it in writing before making any decisions.
He is expected to accept his fate and may not even wait for the general meeting to do so. He told the New Age that if he received written notice of a vote of no confidence, he would step down in a "dignified manner" so as not to tarnish CSA's reputation so close to the World Cup.
The notice sent to Nyoka, which is signed by the presidents of all CSA's 11 affiliates, ends weeks of speculation that Nyoka would be given his marching orders following the bonus scandal, which Majola was at the centre of.
Nyoka was in favour of an external inquiry into the bonuses received by Majola and 39 other CSA staff members after the Champions Trophy and IPL, but CSA opted to have an internal inquiry in order to exhaust all its own procedures first. Majola was cleared of all charges of wrongdoing by the commission and Nyoka said he accepted the findings.
That spat was believed to have caused a "general breakdown" in the relationship between Nyoka and Majola, according to another insider, who also said that it became apparent that there was "only room for one of them" in CSA.
The two have appeared to be at loggerheads since Nyoka was chairman of the Gauteng Cricket Board (GCB) at the turn of the millennium. In 2002, Nyoka resigned from his post at the GCB after unsuccessfully challenging then United Cricket Board (UCB) president Percy Sonn for his position.
Nyoka returned to cricket in 2005, as chair of a 22-man steering committee that was set up to run the GCB and assist in mediating between warring clubs who were up in arms over the lack of transformation in the province.
If Nyoka vacates his post, vice-president AK Khan will step in as acting president until the next election. That vote is scheduled for CSA's Annual General Body Meeting in July next year but may be brought forward.
Nyoka, who has been in office since 2008, will be the second successive president to leave office in this fashion. Norman Arendse, his predecessor, also had a motion of no confidence tabled against him before he resigned.
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