CSA definitively separates from the ex-COO and the ex-financial director

Naasei Appiah. (Photo by Lefty Shivambu/Gallo Images)

South Africa Cricket (CSA) announced on Wednesday that it had permanently cut ties with former employees Naasei Appiah and Ziyanda Nkuta after lengthy legal proceedings resulted in a “mutual amicable settlement”.

CSA fired Appiah’s former chief executive last August, nearly a year after the organization suspended him in October 2019.

Appiah challenged his dismissal in the labor court, where the case has since stalled.

In the meantime, Appiah, alongside former CEO Thabang Moroe, was named in the Fundudzi Forensic Services report last year as having spent over R265,000 on alcohol using the company’s credit card. .

Appiah tried to discredit the Fundudzi auditors’ findings, saying he was never consulted during their investigation and that the report was “biased”.

CSA did not have an approved credit card policy at the time of the transactions.

Appiah was also implicated in failed payments to the South African Cricketers’ Association (SACA) for money owed to players who took part in the defunct T20 competition, the Mzansi Super League.

The issue of non-payments to players was critical in the CSA case against Moroe, who was sacked in August last year.

Meanwhile, Nkuta, who also acted as CSA’s chief financial officer for about two years, was suspended in December 2019 before also legally challenging his removal from the organization.

The CSA would like to announce that it has recently concluded several legal disputes with certain former staff and service providers“, says a statement from the CSA.

Labor disputes involving Mr. Naasei Appiah, former Chief Operating Officer of CSA, and Ms. Ziyanda Nkuta, former Chief Financial Officer of CSA, were settled on the basis that the parties agreed that it was in the mutual interest parts to separate and move on. Both of these issues arose in the second half of 2019.”

CSA has also terminated the service agreement with human resources service provider People Link (Pty) Limited after a mediation process.

All three cases were settled out of court, and the parties have left these issues behind and will move forward to pursue their respective interests“, added the ASC.

As is customary in disputes of this nature, the terms of the settlement reached between the parties in all three cases are confidential. CSA wishes Mr. Appiah, Mrs. Nkuta, and People Link well for their respective future.”

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