Media crucifying me, Jordaan says

2015-06-04 16:51
Danny Jordaan (File)

Danny Jordaan (File)

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Port Elizabeth - Danny Jordaan, new mayor of the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro, said on Thursday that he had been "found guilty" in the media since allegations began surfacing that the South African Football Association (Safa) was involved in bribery prior to the 2010 Soccer World Cup.

Jordaan, who is also Safa president, was speaking at a council meeting in Uitenhage.

The American Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) are currently investigating corruption and bribery claims involving senior FIFA members.

Jordaan said the media was crucifying him despite him not being mentioned in the charge sheet.

In a brief interview with Netwerk24, he said he would not make any more comments on the issue as he "is not implicated in the scandal". 

“I cannot comment at this stage, as my name is not mentioned in the investigation," he said.

“I have been crucified and found guilty by the media, but nobody can say I have been involved. I cannot say anything more than this."

The Hawks confirmed on Thursday that they would launch a preliminary investigation into allegations that Jordaan was involved in the $10m (about R123m) allegedly paid in bribes to secure votes for South Africa's bid to host the 2010 World Cup.

According to Jordaan, he has not heard anything from the Hawks about an investigation and was thus unable to comment on it.

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