Safa ‘is ignoring corruption’

2011-05-21 18:24

Vodacom League clubs have accused Safa of overlooking the Semenya Commission recommendations to clean up the second division and of turning a blind eye to allegations of corruption and bribery.

The commission found, among other things, that “corrupt practices in the Vodacom leagues are widespread” and one of the recommendations was to deploy match commissioners to all the matches.

But as a result of these corrupt practices, the national play-offs scheduled for June 6 to 12 are in jeopardy as Safa’s legal department has a backlog of cases involving provincial title contenders to resolve.

Safa’s head of the legal department, Nathi Ngcobo, confirmed that some cases could affect the play-offs if not resolved in time.

He said they had reserved this weekend to go through all the cases.

“The cases vary from player registration issues to protest and abandoned matches, but nothing extraordinary, and I am confident we will resolve them speedily,” said Ngcobo.

But Koti Mokoalakoala of Limpopo side Naughty Boys said he had lost faith in Safa and accused the body of shelving the cases.

He said he had since sold his club after losing millions.

“If all those recommendations were implemented, we would not be where we are now.

I’m sure millions were spent on the commission but nothing has changed,” said Mokoalakoala.

He said corruption was rife in Limpopo.

“We even formed a structure as clubs and sent our complaints to Safa head office, but they turned a blind eye to our concerns.

What more should we do to get their attention because our investment is not yielding results?” asked Mokoalakoala.

Although Baroka FC have been confirmed as Limpopo winners, Mokoalakoala said they would not rest until justice had been done as Baroka had a pending case for allegedly using a sent-off player.

Another Limpopo club owner, who did not want to be identified, accused the Safa administration of taking sides.

“When are we going to have a legitimate winner from our province which we will all be proud of knowing they would represent us well in the play-offs?” he asked.

As is the norm every year before the national play-offs to determine two teams to play in the National First Division, allegations of maladministration and corruption surface.

By the time of going to press, there were no winners in four provinces – North West, Free State, Northern Cape and Eastern Cape – as Safa’s Disciplinary Committee was busy with cases involving provincial title contenders.

In the Eastern Cape, Tornado FC have accused Buffalo of contravening Safa rules by submitting players’ identity documents without verifying their authenticity.

Safa’s chairman of national referees committee, Alpha Mchunu, said the recommendations were endorsed by the national executive committee and the administration was in the process of implementing them.

Mchunu said the process of training match commissioners was under way and they would start rolling them out at the beginning of the new season.

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