SABC refuses to comment on Safa claims

2010-01-22 14:20

THE SABC has refused to comment on claims by the South African

Football Association (Safa) that the national broadcaster owes it

R27 million.

“We refuse to disclose anything on this regard, we have a

relationship with these people directly. I can say that we will pay everyone

that we owe with money we have acquired,” SABC spokesperson Kaizer Kganyago said

today. “This is confidential information.”

In a report in the Mail&Guardian today, former Safa chief

executive Raymond Hack said he was reliably informed that the SABC would pay

this week.

“(This) should sort out any financial problems,” said Hack, who

reported a R32 million profit for Safa last September.

“Even if we had a worst-case scenario of owing the bank R3 million,

which I doubt very much, Safa’s books would still indicate a healthy balance of

R24 million.

“I am reliably informed that the SABC will pay...”

The Mail&Guardian report indicated that Safa was struggling

with cash flow problems.

The newspaper said it had access to Safa’s bank accounts which

showed a negative balance of more than R7.4 million, adding that other Safa

documents showed that it also owed suppliers another R7 million.

A senior Safa official, who was not named in the report, said the

situation was even bleaker than that.

“We are close to R10 million in the red, excluding what we need to

pay our suppliers,” he said.

“It’s becoming increasingly difficult to run the sport smoothly in

the country. The majority of our regions have not received their grants, which

has paralysed the game in these affected areas.”

A letter written by the Safa Waterberg region which was leaked to

the Mail&Guardian reads that the region was facing eviction from its office,

and that it had not paid its phone bills and also owed staff members their


But Hack told the paper that allegations of financial problems were

“absolute nonsense”.

Safa’s vice-president for finance, Mandla Mazibuko, confirmed to

the Mail&Guardian that Hack left Safa’s account in a deficit but would not

give any figure.

“It’s really too early for me to comment because I’m still going

through the books,” said Mazibuko.

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