SAFA bribes: DA tables application for matter to be heard in Parli

BY CHARL BOSCH - JUNE 8, 2015

Democratic Alliance (DA) Shadow Minister of Sport and Recreation, Solomon Malatsi, has described the war of words between former and current South African Football Association (SAFA) Presidents, Molefi Oliphant and Danny Jordaan over the discovery of a second letter regarding the alleged payment of bribes to host the 2010 FIFA World Cup, as a clear indication that the matter needs to be explained in Parliament.

His comments comes a weekend CityPress article in which Oliphant accused Jordaan of betrayal after he failed to disclose any information about a letter penned in 2007, which instructs FIFA to carry out a payment of $10-million to the Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACF) through its then President, Jack Warner.

“Government ought to be operating in a unified manner in order to furnish the nation with the answers we deserve. Instead, we see senior officials engaging in finger pointing and bullet dodging. This is unbecoming of such senior figures, and shows contempt for the success of the tournament we so proudly held,” Malatsi said.

“The 2010 World Cup is a proud moment in South African history and will continue to live on in the memories of our citizens, as it should. It is, however, important to get to the bottom of the allegations regarding the $10 million payment, which could have been used for sport development in our country”.

Speaking in follow-up statement, Malatsi stated that the party will table a formal application on Parliament’s agenda tomorrow to have Oliphant, Jordaan, former President Thabo Mbeki, Deputy Finance Minister Jabu Moleketi and then Minister of International Relations Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma appear before the committee.

“It is high time that these individuals are summoned to come forward with the critical information which will enable us to get to the bottom of the issue,” Malatsi said.

“The portfolio committee should not be a spectator in the midst of these damaging bribery allegations when it can intervene to hold those responsible for this accountable”.