Sedibe turns to Madonsela to clear his name in Bafana 2010 scandal

2014-09-05 17:11

Former South African Football Association chief executive Leslie Sedibe has turned to public protector Thuli Madonsela to consider investigating the allegations of match-fixing involving four Bafana Bafana’s 2010 World Cup warm-up matches.

“I have now approached the public protector’s office through my attorneys. In a letter dated August 22 2014 we wrote that I will be of assistance to the investigation, should the public protector decide to investigate this matter,” said Sedibe today. He said he was determined to protect his reputation.

Sedibe wrote: “There has been much speculation with regard to the match-fixing allegations and the names of many individuals have been drawn into these allegations, including my own name.

I was chief executive of Safa at the time. I am determined to maintain and protect my good name and reputation and I am of the opinion that this matter has dragged on for far too long. Justice delayed is justice denied.

I have repeatedly placed on record (including through correspondence from my attorneys to Safa in 2012 and 2013 as well as publicly through a media statement issued in December 2012) that I fully support calls for a full and independent investigation into the allegations – and that I am prepared to give my full support and cooperation to get to the bottom of these allegations once and for all.

“I wish to reiterate once again that I will give my full support to any inquiry, provided that such an inquiry and investigation is independent and impartial. Just as an individual or organisation cannot be trusted to investigate itself, neither can football [Fifa and Safa] investigate itself.”

Sedibe was identified among Safa officials in the 2012 Fifa report.

The report implicated a bogus football development company called Football 4U that emerged as a front for an Asian-based betting syndicate headed up by now-convicted match fixer Wilson Raj Perumal.

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