Naasei Appiah. (Photo by Lefty Shivambu / Gallo Images)
Cricket South Africa (CSA) announced on Wednesday that it had definitively severed ties with former employees Naasei Appiah and Ziyanda Nkuta after a long legal process ended with a “mutual agreement”.
CSA fired former COO Appiah last August after nearly a year since the organization suspended him in October 2019.
Appiah challenged his dismissal in the labor court, where the case has since been pending.
In the meantime, Appiah, alongside former CEO Thabang Moroe, was named in the Fundudzi Forensic Services report last year as having spent over R 265,000 on alcohol with the company’s credit card.
Appiah tried to discredit the findings of Fundudzi’s auditors, saying he was never consulted during their investigation and that the report was “biased.”
The CSA did not have an approved credit card policy at the time of transactions.
Appiah has also been implicated in the failure to pay the South African Cricketers Association (SACA) for money owed to players who participated in the now defunct T20 competition, the Mzansi Super League.
The issue of non-payment to players was critical in the CSA case against Moroe, which was sacked in August of last year.
Meanwhile, Nkuta, who also served as CSA’s chief financial officer for around two years, was suspended in December 2019 before also legally challenging her dismissal from the organization.
“CSA would like to announce that it has recently concluded several disputes with certain former staff and service providers“, indicates a press release from the ASC.
“Labor disputes involving Mr. Naasei Appiah, former director of operations of CSA, and Ms. Ziyanda Nkuta, former chief financial officer of CSA, were settled on the basis that the parties agreed it was in the mutual interest of the parties. to separate and move on. These two cases arose during the second half of 2019. “
CSA also terminated the service agreement with human resources service provider People Link (Pty) Limited after a mediation process.
“All three cases were settled amicably, and the parties have put these issues behind them and will move forward to defend their respective interests“, added the CSA.
“As is customary in disputes of this nature, the terms of the settlement reached between the parties in the three cases are confidential. The CSA wishes Mr. Appiah, Ms. Nkuta, and People Link good for their respective future. “