Parliament rejects Oliphant and Jordaan motion

BY CHARL BOSCH - JUNE 9, 2015

Parliament has rejected an application by the Democratic Alliance (DA) to have former and current South African Football Association (SAFA) Presidents, Molefi Oliphant and Danny Jordaan give their accounts of alleged bribery relating to the country’s hosting of the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

The announcement comes after the party yesterday indicated that it had tabled a motion to have both men, former President Thabo Mbeki, Deputy Finance Minister Jabu Moleketi and then Minister of International Relations Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma appear before a committee to explain the payment of $10-million from SAFA to the Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACF) as part of the Africa Diaspora Legacy Programme to develop football in the Caribbean.

It has however been alleged that the amount, paid through then CONCACF boss Jack Warner, was used as a bribe to confirm South Africa as host of the sporting show piece.

Speaking to Eyewitness News, Parliament Portfolio Chairperson, Beauty Dlulane, said that the committee might agree on having Sport and Recreation Minister, Fikile Mbalula, present his account instead of Jordaan, due to FIFA having to report to him.

She however didn’t disclose whether Mbeki, Moleketi or Dlamini-Zuma would be asked to appear before the committee.

Oliphant has meanwhile accused of Jordaan of betraying him by failing to reveal the existence of a second letter written in 2007, which instructs FIFA General Secretary, Jerome Valcke, to “pay an amount equivalent to $10-million towards the 2010 FIFA World Cup Diaspora Legacy Programme”.

Jordaan then states that Moleketi had indicated the money ought to be paid to FIFA but, after a discussion with Dlamini-Zuma, it was decided that it should go to the 2010 Local Organising Committee (LOC).

“In view of this determination, I want to suggest that FIFA deducts this amount from the LOC's future operational budget and deals directly with the Diaspora Legacy Programme,” an extract from the letter read.

According to weekend CityPress article, Oliphant maintains that Jordaan never disclosed any information about the letter, and that he only became aware of the one he wrote a year later, when it leaked on twitter last week.

“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 said.

“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 can confidently say this letter was drafted by him for me to sign”.

No comment from Jordaan about the letter has yet been made.