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Muzi – Mouth & Media Under Spotlight

Pleaded not guilty to both

The National Horseracing Authority confirms that at an Inquiry held over the dates of Thursday, 15 August 2019, Thursday, 10 October 2019, and Friday, 31 January 2020, Jockey M Yeni was charged with various rule contraventions.

Muzi Yeni (photo: hamishNIVENPhotography)

Muzi Yeni (photo: hamishNIVENPhotography)

These were:-

  • RULE 72.1.26

In that Mr Yeni made comments during a post-race interview on Tellytrack, after the running of the 4th race run at Hollywoodbets Greyville on Wednesday 31 July 2019, which might have had the effect of discrediting horseracing and which did or might have brought into disrepute the good name of the NHA.

Jockey Yeni pleaded not guilty to the charge.

The Board after considering the evidence found Mr Yeni not guilty of the charge.

  • RULE 72.1.43

In that on 1 August 2019, on a social media platform being Facebook, he posted a comment which could reasonably be construed to be offensive with respect to the NHA.

Jockey Yeni pleaded not guilty to the charge but was found guilty of the charge.

The Board after considering the record, and taking into account the arguments in aggravation and mitigation, ruled that Jockey Yeni be fined the sum of ten thousand rand (R10,000.00), of which five thousand rand (R5000) is suspended for a period of 12 months, provided that Jockey Yeni is not found guilty of a similar offence under this Rule during this period.

  • Press release published by NHA on Monday 10 February 2020

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27 comments on “Muzi – Mouth & Media Under Spotlight

  1. Adams says:

    We want Muzi back in the irons. I believe that Muzi has the right to speak freely and he is in the right to do so. The NHA must be as transparent to all comments made. I also believe that without punters there will be no horse racing in South Africa. Further more NHA need to open and fair and should a jocky feel that he is being bullied in anyway from the NHA lasing out hush fines then bring it to the public commissioners attention immediately.

  2. Gman says:

    kick the man while his down.When handing out suspensions to jockeys why not give them the ultimatum of serving their suspensions within 1 – 2 weeks.Muzi was right in saying what he said regarding the Hewitson suspension.Surely he took it up with the authorities but probably fell on deaf ears.Their are two sides to a story but this is how ppl get silenced.

  3. Ralph Fell. says:

    Alleged offences committed on 31st July and 1st August. No less than three seperate enquiries held and a press release released yesterday, 10th Feb. Kindly explain the inordinately long delay. Justice delayed is justice denied.

  4. Rian says:

    Wish we as punters could do more Muzi, you are missed by people that believe in Hard work, Honesty, and the love for Horse racing and the God given gift of speaking your mind
    Don’t ever let them Muzzle you, hope to see you back in irons again soon

  5. Mboni says:

    It is well known that a certain Mr Hewitson and Muzi were neck and neck to win the jockey of the year prize and that his (Mr Hewitson) punishment for an offence was somehow seen to be delayed. All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than the others…..

  6. Shanil says:

    Punters missing Muzi. He never fails to give his views on all his mounts. Punters true friend and a PA banker.

  7. Magnanimous says:

    Muzi has a short memory.Where was the justice when he got thugs to assault a colleague at greyville.karma bru


    Rian, I concur with You, Adams, Gman, Mr. Fell & Mboni.

    I would like to add, even though it might be already implied, between the lines, of the above mentioned posts, the Muzzle is another poison in this sport.

    Most of the racing administrators, in office, never want to be quoted on the record.

    They don’t want to recognize that punters & the general racing public expect to know the real truth, not a massaged or orchestrated press release.

    Administrators are to shallow-minded to realize that respect, trust and a degree of admiration can be won even when the news is bad from the racing corridors.

    Public favour can swing dramatically if genuine press release and admissions are admitted.

    Wakey wakey, novice administrators, the punter, diverse as they are, and then not necessarily somebody you would like to walk down the church aisle with, has a brain.

    A typical example of adversity and later, the tough task of falling on one’s sword is Mr. Andrew Fortune… work it out for yourselves.

    No sugar coated press releases there.

  9. Brian says:

    When I saw Muzi’s picture I thought the story was to be about your return. Sadly not.

    I seem to remember a story in this forum about Hewitson’s delayed suspension and if what Muzi is saying is true, and I seem to think it is then the only ones bringing horse racing into disrepute would be the NHA who seem to make a habit of it with their school prefect mentality and their incompetence

    Another wonderful example of Mr. Moodley’s transparency. He could even spell the word

    You’re my man Muzi!

  10. Simeon says:

    Muzi have overstep the line with some commence , yes I believe in the laws and rules but may be he have step on some toes in the past why destroy his career..,, open mind decision give peace of mind … he Loves what he do and compitetion makes horse racing great and he LOVE it .. Horse racing is great .. Simeon

  11. Mike says:

    Forget all the politics in this column ,should be more about racing ppl

  12. George Ellis says:

    You go Muzi NHA are still in the doldrums.What happened to freedom of speech.I am in the same boat when I tell the Ghekos what I think of them I get penalized but I will not keep quiet

  13. Mohamed says:

    We need a new board to look at problems at the races people who know what they are doing

  14. Wesley says:

    Let’s get Muzi back as soon as possible an that’s now, how can it be after a few hearings last year
    they come to a decision this year February 2020
    So thing is obviously wrong
    Get the politics out an stick to racing
    We love Muzi, get him back in the irons

  15. Cecil Pienaar says:

    Muzi is back 1 March 👍 Hope he reads all these supporting comments.

    No doubt this time out was good for him to clear his head, come back hungry – and one to follow like old times…

    I was hoping these delayed penalties was to be sorted out by now. After all that is what caused all this k+k for Muzi. However the system allowed it, and no fault of Lyle’s…

    See you soon Muzi….

  16. Rajan says:

    Muzi we need you back.we really miss you.
    I think all the board members of NHRA must resign and get new people with sound mind to take over

  17. espresso says:

    This is one of the sport that has evaded a change of guards
    Hewitson had everything muzi can never have
    however most of these have no bearing on anything

  18. Steve Reid says:

    I have no doubt that the stipes treat jocks differently for whatever reason. If you have doubts that Musi has never received special attention in the past, do yourself a favour and peruse the NHA registrations and changes Racing Calender of 7 October 2016. In it you will see that Musi received a R2500 fine under rule 72.1.40 for refusing to take off a sponsored Winning Form cap after winning the 3rd race in Kimberley on 19 September 2016. Rule 72.1.40 states “No person shall fail or refuse to comply with any reasonable order, direction or requirement by any licenced official”. I can confirm that this is the only fine received by any jock or trainer for this “transgression” in the last 5 years. Judging by the many sponsored jocks and trainers of Hollywood product, and no fines, there is only one conclusion that can be made.

    1. karel says:

      I hope you mean that this was because of undue influence from Phumelela in a case involving Hollywood (this was widespread in Phumelela land at the time).
      And not some other reason.

  19. Steve Reid says:

    I use the words “for whatever reason” in my post. Your inference that the NHA could be influenced by an entity that is licensed by it, and falls under its rules, is surely pure speculation? We all know the NHA is independent, and one of their core objectives is to govern the sport with integrity, as per their Mission statement.

    The facts remain that Musi was fined for not taking a Winning Form cap off during an interview when he was requested to do so by a licensed official. Perhaps we should find out who the licensed official was, and why the instruction to remove the cap was given? We should also find out who chaired the hearing and why they found Musi guilty of this offense when many others in racing are “guilty” of the same transgression on a daily basis and no charges are brought against them.

    Then again when it comes to the NHA and their incompetence and obvious bias, the Flat Earth Society begins to make sense.

    1. karel says:

      Your post ended with ‘there’s only one conclusion that can be made’ – meaning exactly what?

  20. Steve Reid says:

    Meaning all stakeholders are clearly not treated equally. What else could it mean?

  21. Daniel Snyman says:

    Why are we politicking the punishment. NHA has rules like any other industry and every jockey is given a fair chance to state his case. A true professional jockey takes it on the chin and comes back stronger and proves his detractors wrong by winning race after race.

  22. Sagie Pillay says:

    Wats good for the goose is good for the gander and MUZI is correct….

  23. Mboni says:

    Who reins in the NHA and all other officials on their high horses when they get it wrong?.. who policies the police?

  24. Jac Willemse (HotJacHot) says:

    Isn’t it about time trainers inform the punters when the horses in their care have a virus or been innoculated nd may run badly. Punters like a fair shake of the ducks tail not a one sided contest

  25. Debi Vogt says:

    I speak under correction isn’t this the same jockey that left Mauritius following a huge Controversy? And everbody is jumping to his defense , after he nearly caused a terrible accident having an altercation with Hewitson during a race , that to me shows little or no character at all … If you cannot lose with dignity you cannot win with pride …..

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