Jordaan accused of betraying predecessor

BY CHARL BOSCH - JUNE 8, 2015

Former South African Football Association (SAFA) President, Molefi Oliphant, has accused his successor and Nelson Mandela Bay Executive Mayor, Danny Jordaan, of betrayal following the leakage of a second letter relating to the $10-million payment in order for South Africa to host the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

According to a weekend CityPress article, Oliphant stated that Jordaan failed to reveal any information about the letter he had written to FIFA in 2007, which instructed the amount be paid to the Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACF) as part of the Africa Diaspora Legacy Programme to develop football in the Caribbean.

Last week, a single page letter signed by Oliphant and addressed to FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke from 2008, was leaked on twitter with the document requesting that a portion of the Local Organising Committee’s operating budget be paid to CONCACAF through its President, Jack Warner.

“We met twice on Saturday and Sunday discussing this letter [I signed] and there was no disclosure from him that a letter was written on December 10 2007,” Oliphant told the paper.

“If you look at both of them, their contents are the same, including the language used, and this simply means they were written by the same person. I signed it because it was given to me by the person I have worked with for more than two decades. It is all about disclosure”.

Oliphant also stated that he had been “shocked” to discover the existence of a second letter and that he signed his version “in good faith [and] having confidence and trust in the CEO.”

“I can confidently say this letter was drafted by him for me to sign, because the language is the same,” he said.

SAFA Spokesperson, Dominic Chimhavi, however told the paper that they stand by their original statement, and the latest discovery doesn’t “change the fact that the Africa Diaspora Programme was genuine and legitimate”.

“We reject with the contempt it deserves any assertion to the contrary. Anyone who says anything to the contrary – those matters will be dealt with in the association structures”.

Speaking at a press conference last week Wednesday, Sport and Recreation Minister Fikile Mbalula denied that the payment had been part of a bribe, saying that the allegations must first be proved.

 

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