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ANC’s reason for denying SAFA Presidents in Parli “laughable” - DA

ANC’s reason for denying SAFA Presidents in Parli “laughable” - DA

Democratic Alliance (DA) Shadow Minister of Sport and Recreation, Solomon Malatsi, has accused the African National Congress (ANC) of “hiding from scrutiny” after it rejected a motion to have former and current South African Football Association (SAFA) Presidents, Molefi Oliphant and Danny Jordaan appear in Parliament to answer questions regarding alleged bribery into South Africa’s hosting of the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

Speaking in a statement, Malatsi said that while the party welcomes the Portfolio Committee on Sports and Recreation’s decision to have Minister Fikile Mbalula appear for questioning, the ruling party’s reasoning that sub judice rules prevents Oliphant and Jordaan from being summoned, are “laughable”.

“The individuals implicated in authorising the payment from FIFA to CONCACAF are in a far better place to provide the answers the South African public are seeking. Yet ANC members of the committee are adamant in denying them an opportunity to brief parliament,” Malatsi said.

“The first was from Mr Oliphant, dated 4 March 2008 instructing FIFA to redirect $10 million. The second letter was written by Jordaan in December 2007 to FIFA authorising the payment to CONCACAF. It is important that South Africans hear the truth from the mouths of our own officials”.

Oliphant has however stated he no prior knowledge of Jordaan’s letter, having accused his successor and recently inaugurated Nelson Mandela Bay Executive Mayor in a weekend newspaper article of betrayal, and that he felt “shocked, disappointed and saddened” when it leaked.


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