DA wants FIFA saga discussed in Parliament


The Democratic Alliance (DA) has called for an urgent parliamentary briefing following the leaking of a letter implicating South African Football Association (SAFA) boss, Danny Jordaan, in the paying of a $10-million bribe to host the 2010 World Cup.

According to an article in the Mail & Guardian, the letter, dated December 10th 2007, states that the amount be paid to the World Cup Diaspora Legacy Programme following a discussion between Jordaan and former Foreign Affairs Minister, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma.

Jordaan then reportedly indicates that FIFA deducted the amount from the Local Organising Committee’s operational budget before dealing directly with the programme.

“Almost every day since this scandal broke, new pieces of information have come to light. Therefore an inquiry established as an act of Parliament must and should summon all members of the Bid Committee and any government officials who were intimately involved in the bid process for the 2010 World Cup,” DA Shadow Minister of Sport and Recreation, Solomon Malatsi said in a statement.

“We do not want to hear details of the alleged corruption from international organisations and individuals, bit by bit. The quickest way for our South African officials to clear their names, or clarify, is for a parliamentary briefing to urgently take place”.

He also said that Sport and Recreation Minister Fikile Mbalula’s claims that the money does not constitute bribery was “misleading” and that Jordaan, his predecessor Molefi Oliphant and officials involved present their case in Parliament.

“The 2010 Soccer World Cup, as an event, was highly successful and a memory that should be cherished by all South Africans. We must, as with all allegations of corruption, no matter how painful, get the truth to ensure that those who are guilty are held to account,” he said.