Cronyism is rife at Safa House

2011-05-14 11:02

The current leadership of the South African Football Association (Safa) came in via the transformation ticket.

Through a structure called the Football Transformation Forum, they promised to clean up Mzansi football and ­introduce fresh ideas with regard to development.

Alas! They have lived up to the adage “the more things change, the more they stay the same”.

It seems the only thing they have managed to transform are the pockets of the top leadership and their cronies.

Since coming in, the Safa leadership has managed to increase the national executive committee from 24 to 32?– thus incredulously increasing the bill for meetings, since the organisation pays for travel and accommodation for all members, and tops it up with a R2 000 allowance sweetener.

Now they have started increasing the staff ­complement by “deploying” individuals aligned to the Football Transformation Forum.

Insiders say these ­members are given fat salaries before their actual jobs are determined.

This was the name of the game under the previous Safa executive, which led to it having difficulty in expelling staff members.

As things stand, the ­organisation is still faced with a number of cases at the CCMA due to inept administration.

With the new appointments, Safa is headed in the same direction.

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