ANC shields SAFA officials from scrutiny
9 June 2015
At today’s Portfolio Committee on Sports and Recreation, the ANC rejected the DA's motion to summon Danny Jordaan and Molefi Oliphant to account to the Committee on the 2010 World Cup bribery allegations.
The Committee instead resolved to call Minister of Sport and Recreation, Fikile Mbalula, to provide answers on the biggest corruption scandal to rock the football world.
So far, the main individuals implicated in the corruption scandal are former SAFA President, Molefi Oliphant, and current SAFA President Danny Jordaan.
Surely these individuals are best placed to shed light on the bribery allegations? Yet ANC members of the committee are adamant in denying them an opportunity to brief parliament.
While the DA welcomes the chance to seek answers from the Minister, 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.
The insistence of ANC members of the committee that they cannot call Mr Jordaan, Mr Oliphant and others because of the sub judice rule is laughable.
Last week two letters directly implicating these men emerged. 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.
The 2010 World Cup was a great success and one that South Africans will remember as a proud time in our history. The DA will continue to fight for the answers we all deserve.
Statement issued by Solly Malatsi MP, DA Shadow Minister of Sports and Recreation, June 9 2015