Safa reinstate officers

2013-01-05 00:00

THE executive committee of the South African Football Association (Safa) yesterday reinstated five officials who had been relieved of their duties in December, following a report from Fifa, the world football’s governing body, about the alleged rigging of four matches in the run-up to the 2010 World Cup.

Safa said its emergency committee had exceeded its mandate in suspending the officials, who included its president, Kirsten Nematandani.

The executive committee felt the officials, including acting CEO Dennis Mumble, had been portrayed as guilty, while inquiries into the match-fixing had not been completed. This after a Fifa investigation in December had discovered that Safa was infiltrated by convicted Singaporean match-fixer Wilson Perumal and his Football 4U organisation.

Perumal organised referees for the games against Thailand, Bulgaria, Colombia and Guatemala, the outcomes of which were found to have been prearranged to benefit an Asian betting syndicate.

At yesterday’s meeting, which was also attended by Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula, Nematandani said the investigations into the original allegations are set to continue.

“We are determined to ensure that this report receives the critical attention that it deserves and that anyone found to have transgressed will be fully prosecuted, both in terms of Fifa and Safa codes of conduct, as well as through the criminal justice system, if necessary. It is critical that the integrity of the sport must be without question.”

Mumble said he would ensure, as the accounting officer, that those who have committed any wrongdoing “are appropriately disciplined”.

“I too will continue to co-operate fully with any investigation into these matters, so that all details can be uncovered,” Mumble said.

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