Safa fires security boss

2009-11-30 05:24

SOUTH African Football Association (Safa) has fired

Brigadier-General Kwena Mangope, who was employed as its security head in

August, amid an outcry.

City Press has also learned that the organisation is discussing

axing Thami Tom who served as personal assistant to former president Molefi

Oliphant as “his position has become redundant”.

Mangope was told to leave by Safa CEO Raymond Hack on


“I told him that his contract is being terminated as he was on a

three-month probation period. He was given an option to leave immediately or on

Monday (tomorrow) when the month ends and he opted to leave immediately,” said


Pressed for an explaination as to why the contract was terminated,

Hack said: “Let’s just say he did not meet the association’s


Mangope is not taking his sacking lying down.

“I don’t think it is proper to say we have parted ways. I was

dismissed,” fumed the son of former president of the defunct Bophuthatswana,

Lucas Mangope. “I am still looking at my options and getting some


City Press first reported on Mangope’s appointment in May when it

emerged that he was to be given the job without being interviewed. This after

two short-listed candidates were overlooked.

City Press also reported that he was offered R200 000 more than the

R550 000 a year that had been offered to the two preferred candidates.

Mangope had been head-hunted by Oliphant, who said he had been

approached by Hack. Oliphant claimed Hack did not tell him about the two

candidates who had already been interviewed and short-listed for the post.

Those in the know pointed out that Mangope was unqualified for the


November seems to be a bad month for those vying for the position

of ­Safa’s head of security.

Zane Cleophas also parted ways with Safa during this month last


Mangope’s departure means that Safa does not have a head of

security – a key position – only seven months before the World Cup kicks


Meanwhile a high-ranking member of the Football Transformation

Forum, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told City Press that the body did

not think they owed Tom a severance package.

Hack said: “There is just a difference of opinion as to whether he

should be paid a severance package or not as his term was tied to that of the

previous president.”

“An organisation has a right to terminate the contract of an

employee whose position has become redundant,” said the source. “With the

restructuring of the president’s office, there is no longer a need for the

president to have a PA.”

In some quarters, the latest developments are viewed as a purge of

­“Oliphant’s people”.

More staff members are expected to lose their jobs after audit firm

Ernst & Young finished a staff audit whose report is due this week.

Many have been panic-stricken at the Safa’s Aeroton headquarters

since the new Safa executive was voted in on September 26.

Some staff members, including Hack, have been accused of openly

campaigning for the Irvin Khoza-led faction that contested and lost the


Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.