Fikile Mbalula blasts Fifa for interfering in match-fixing investigation

2013-11-13 15:40

Sport Minister Fikile Mbalula has ruled Fifa offside. This after the world football organisation’s secretary-general Jerome Valcke said Fifa would investigate allegations of match-fixing involving Bafana Bafana’s pre-World Cup matches.

Mbalula said today Valcke had crossed the line as the government was almost ready to announce the process to deal with the allegations.

“We have been getting enquiries after Jerome had allegedly said they would appoint a committee to investigate. He was here in the country distributing millions but he never made a call to us to find out how far we are with the process.

“This is total disdain because he is disregarding and disrespecting our constitution. We are not a banana republic and there’s a rule of law,” Mbalula said.

He said the matter was in the hands of President Jacob Zuma and was almost at the tail end.

“It doesn’t matter how much time it takes, even if it’s the next day or six months, we will pronounce. It is not about the delay as long as the matter is receiving attention. There’s no retreat on our own part. We have the capacity to investigate and we are not undermining their capacity and jurisdiction. But let them allow our processes to take place.”

Fifa apparently wants to take over the investigation as it is already probing 69 other countries on the same subject.

It is almost a year since the allegations of match-fixing first surfaced. This led to the suspension of several Safa employees including former president Kirsten Nematandani but the decision was reversed a month later.

The matter has been in Zuma’s office since April as the president has to decide what kind of a commission, if any, should investigate the allegations.

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