Tight security for Safa elections

2009-09-26 12:06

TIGHT security was the order of the day at the South African

Football Association (Safa) annual general meeting held at the Southern Sun hotel, outside the

OR Tambo international Airport today.

According to Superintendent Fanie Molapo, a contingent of 120

members of the South African Police Services (SAPS) were deployed for the


“We have uniformed police, members of the task force as well as

sporters,” he explained.

“There are more members from the Ekurhuleni Police and members of

the crime combating unit. The entire operation is being co-ordinated by

Superintendent Lucas Tlhako from the airport police station.”

Molapo said further precautionary and security measures included

three road-blocks in the vicinity as well as several check-points.

It was the first time that there was such tight security at a Safa

meeting since the organisation was formed in 1992.

Besides the tight security, Fifa also sent two monitors to oversee

the elections.

According to a delegate who came out for a smoke break at about

12pm, it took the meeting two hours to verify credentials.

During the time, two members from Safa Motsweding were asked to

recuse themselves from the meeting while their credentials were being


They were later called in.

Veli Mahlangu – the former owner of Witbank Black Aces and formerly

with both the Safa and PSL executives – was also barred from participating in

the early proceedings as he was not a member of Safa despite being a


Adoption of last year’s minutes, president’s address, adoption of

the national executive’s committee (NEC) report, the annual financial report and

the elections were some of the items on the agenda for the day.


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