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DA & EFF: What happened to World Cup profits and proof of payments?

By Charl Bosch - Jun 4, 2015
DA & EFF: What happened to World Cup profits and proof of payments?

The Democratic Alliance (DA) has called-on Sport and Recreation Minister, Fikile Mbalula, to release the documents relating to the transfer of $10-million from the South African Football Association (SAFA) to the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association (CONCACAF) in an alleged bribe to host the sporting show piece in 2010.

In a statement tabled before a US federal judge yesterday, former FIFA North American Head Chuck Blazer admitted that he had received bribes in confirming the event to be staged in the country, and that he had also facilitated over a similar acceptance in the selection of France as the hosting nation in 1998.

Speaking at a press conference yesterday before Blazer’s announcement, Mbalula stated that South Africa had not paid any bribes to host the event, and that the amount paid to CONCACAF and its then Head Jack Warner, was part of its Diaspora Legacy Programme to further football development in the Caribbean.

“If this transaction was indeed above board, why did the South African government and SAFA agree to “unconditionally” hand over $10 million, originally intended for use for the 2010 World Cup, without any plans to showcase the spending trends and financial reports from CONCACAF,” DA Shadow Minister of Sport and Recreation, Solomon Malatsi, said in a statement.

“What government in their right mind hands over $10 million without documentation? To not have regular reporting on how the funds were spent is nothing short of reckless”.

He also stated that a letter, submitted by the party to Mbalula and SAFA President Danny Jordaan seeking clarification, had gone unanswered, and that the former should prove his claims by obtaining the records of the transaction.

In a similar statement, Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) National Spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi said that Blazer’s confession had resulted in the opening of prima facie evidence against the Local Organising Committee, and that local authorities should investigate claims relating to, amongst others, “the approval of  donation to CONCACAF, who exactly approved the donation and for what purpose, what happened to the profits of the World Cup, in what way did South Africa benefit economically from the World Cup, and why the selection of Jack Warner as the representative to whom the payment was made to”.

“If [these questions] are not responded to, a culture of protecting corrupt practices and phenomena will be promoted with reference to precedence that those who were allegedly involved in corruption were not held accountable,” Ndlozi said.

“South Africa cannot and should never be silent on occurrences and allegations of corruption, and the culture of paying bribes. These phenomena should be decisively uprooted and those accountable should be held accountable, irrespective of positions they hold in government and society”.


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