Bugging, spy scandal rocks Safa leadership

2010-07-25 08:37

World Cup kingpin Danny Jordaan and three other soccer bosses have

been having their movements tracked over the last few months without their

knowledge.

Jordaan, who is the Local Organising Committee’s CEO; former SA

Football Association (Safa) president Molefi Oliphant; vice-president Mandla

Mazibuko; and CEO Leslie Sedibe discovered this month that monitoring devices

had been secretly fitted to their cars.

No device was apparently fitted to the car of Safa vice-president

Irvin Khoza, but he could not be reached on his phone to confirm this.

His spokesperson, Dominic Ntsele, said he would try to get comment

from Khoza, but nothing had been heard at the time of going to press.

Incumbent Safa president Kirsten Nematandani and vice-president

Chief Mwelo Nonkonyana had been asked to bring their cars in on the same day

that Mazibuko made the discovery and are said to have refused.

Sedibe has commissioned an investigation to be conducted by an

independent security expert.

The tracking debacle comes as Safa is vexed by reports of an

all-out war between Khoza’s supporters and those backing Nematandani.

This has led the organisation to initiate a commission of inquiry.


Oliphant revealed to

City Press that his phone had been bugged while he was still the Safa president.

“I phoned the person who had bugged my phone and told him to stop what he was

­doing,” Oliphant said yesterday.

The luxury cars are part of the sponsorship from Mercedes-Benz and

are driven by members of the Safa presidency and the two CEOs.

Mazibuko, who blew the whistle on the scheme, described the

development as a “gross violation of our ­privacy”.

The devices were fitted by an ­outside company at different times.

The process is said to have been overseen by staff members from Safa’s fleet

management department.

Jordaan’s car is said to have been ­fitted with the device around

November, Oliphant’s around March while Mazibuko’s was fitted two weeks

ago.

When Mazibuko found out he had it removed the following day.

“I am furious and disappointed,” fumed Oliphant. “When I heard

about this from Danny (Jordaan), I called Dudley (Mpulampula, the head of fleet

management at Safa).

He told me that the instruction had come from Grony (Hluyo,

the chief financial officer).

“Grony told me that this was for insurance purposes and I took his

word but added that it was inappropriate that I did not know about this, did not

have the company’s details nor an emergency number to call in case of something

happening,” said Oliphant.

He also revealed that a Safa staff member from the fleet management

department had previously phoned his driver and gloated: “I can see where you

guys are.”

Jordaan said: “The moment I discovered that there was such a device

in my car, I asked my driver to take it in and have it removed. I took it to the

same company that had installed it and they removed it.

“At the moment I can’t comment further as I am waiting for a report

that will inform us what exactly the device was for.”

Mazibuko said: “While I am not an alarmist, I am disappointed that

such an act of gross violation of our privacy was committed.”

Mazibuko said he would wait until a report was presented as Sedibe

had been asked to investigate the matter and “if there were malicious

intentions, appropriate action will be taken”.


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