Photos I Former Bafana coach Shakes Mashaba stuns Safa delegates as he storms elective congress

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OUT IN THE COLD Shakes Mashaba has been dismissed as Bafana coach. Picture: Liewig Christian / Corbis via Getty Images
OUT IN THE COLD Shakes Mashaba has been dismissed as Bafana coach. Picture: Liewig Christian / Corbis via Getty Images

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Despite tight security measures at the Sandton Convention Centre on Saturday, for the Safa elective congress, former Bafana Bafana coach Shakes Mashaba somehow found his way into the conference room without accreditation.

This happened away from the presence of the media contingent as journalists who were covering the event were placed a floor below the congress room.

The association’s CEO Tebogo Motlanthe confirmed the incident, but could not recollect how Mashaba – with three other guys in tow – breached the security and gained entry.

However, a delegate caught Mashaba on camera and distributed pictures that found its way onto social media.

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The story is that stunned delegates looked on as the 71-year-old legend marched right up to the top table where Safa president Danny Jordaan, PSL chairperson Irvin Khoza, Safa honorary president Molefi Oliphant and Motlanthe were seated.

This was before the election of office bearers had started where Jordaan retained the presidency by 186 votes to Ria Ledwaba’s 27 and Ngoako “Solly” Mohlabeng’s eight.

Shakes
Shakes Mashaba left delegates stunned at the Safa elective congress at the Sandton Convention Centre. Photo: Twitter
Shakes
Shakes Mashaba left delegates stunned at the Safa elective congress at the Sandton Convention Centre. Photo: Twitter

Clad in tracksuits, a bomber jacket and a beanie, Mashaba muttered something in Jordaan’s direction and turned to the room while pointing a finger at the delegates.

They fired back saying he had no business in the conference room and Mashaba had to be removed by police and security personnel.

Some delegates shouted at him as he was escorted out of the convention centre.

Once he was outside, Mashaba, who backed Ledwaba’s campaign, told the placard-waving supporters toyi-toying in front of the Sandton venue that:

Jordaan would be removed by December.

The protesters were demonstrating under Ledwaba’s name, with “Ria for president” the message they were relaying.

Apart from the Mashaba incident, Motlanthe told the media afterwards that the election, which had Fifa and CAF as observers, was a “huge success”.

“We started the day very well, but there were of course people who started a protest, who wanted to cause problems because they were angry, but we would like to thank security for dealing with those incidents,” said Motlanthe.

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“We had a successful congress, success in that we had Fifa and CAF. The governance committee ran the process, and we did not receive a single objection from any of the members.”

Motlanthe said he was still reading out credentials when Mashaba suddenly appeared at the podium.


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Daniel Mothowagae 

Deputy sports editor

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