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The leadership of the South African Football Association (Safa) was limping and had become a law unto itself, with little or no respect for the constitution and bylaws governing the organization, flouting every rule in the book at every turn. detriment to the progress of football in the country, a source within the organization said this week.

With allegations of corruption and poor governance at its peak, and huge sums of money allegedly paid to members of Safa’s National Executive Committee (NEC) “to ensure that the President [Danny Jordaan] is re-elected,” the source said, “it is extremely important that the organization be investigated as soon as possible.”

The source said they hoped the ongoing investigation into Safa malfeasance by the Hawks would “bear good fruit for Safa”, stating that “anything illegal to keep the president in power must be prosecuted with vigor”.

“The purchase of Mercedes-Benz sedans for NEC members and the ‘corruption’ of [the] NEC with R20,000 should be investigated.

Colonel Katlego Mogale, spokesman for the Crimes Priority Investigations Directorate (the Hawks), told DM168 two weeks ago that the “prosecution-led” investigation was investigating alleged wrongdoing in Safa.

Moving on to the unethical challenges at Safa, the source said: “The choice of cars for NEC members is consistent with the idea that they are superior or belong to the elite class of civil servants deserving of emoluments. better in return for their hard work. ”

The source argued that “such a waste of money and resources”, coupled with the reality of a struggling national association unable to attract viable sponsors, should not only be frowned upon “but should lead to harsher measures taken against the president and his lackeys.

“We must go to the next elective congress to remedy the situation by electing a leadership that will be committed to improving the quality of football in the country. Anything less than that will be a betrayal of the game of football.”

Safa President Danny Jordaan. (Photo: Lee Warren/Gallo Images)

FIFA loan

The latest ‘debilitating news’ to surface recently, the source said, was the allegation that the national football association took out a loan of $5 million, the equivalent of R75 million, from of Fifa, which must be reimbursed at the rate of 1.5 million dollars per year.

“That’s what a failing organization does.

“He can’t manage his finances because he wastes what little he has on non-essential things. Now that we have no more money, the organization needs to be bailed out with loans from Fifa,” the source said.

“Safa needs to be reformed urgently, and that should start with the organization investing in good leadership. There are good leaders in the organization, but [they] have been marginalized by leaders determined to serve themselves and use the organization as their stronghold.

“We hope that at the next elective congress the deadwood will be removed,” said the source, who spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of reprisals.

The source added that “the implications of the loan from Fifa are serious, i.e. for the next four years, Safa will not receive their annual subsidy from Fifa, as they will first have to repay the loan. , possibly with interest. This must also mean that the development of football in the country will be compromised in some way.

“Already the LFAs [Local Football Associations] have trouble keeping their [heads] above water, unable to develop football in their areas, some of which are in deep rural areas, even though they pay their subscriptions diligently and without fail, but there is nothing to show for that.

“Safa funds are disbursed to finance the lifestyle of individuals, and NEC members whose palms are greased with money and other inducements so that their allegiance is more inclined to support the President, rather than [supporting] the development of football in the country. It’s just a mess of irresponsibility that we are witnessing in Safa,” the source said.

DM168 sent messages to the organization’s top executives – chief executive Tebogo Motlanthe, chief legal officer Poobie Govindasamy, Danny Jordaan and his personal assistant, Tshikani Baloyi – for comment on the allegations, but received no response.

The source revealed that although the Safa offices were closed for the December holiday last year, payments of R20,000 were made to each of the NEC members, without NEC approval.

“As I understand it, only one NEC member refused to receive the money. The others happily accepted the money. One has to wonder why these payments were made after the Safa offices closed,” said The source.

These cash payments would have been made on December 23.

“What do you call this gesture of goodwill from the president of Safa? We suspect this is a gratuity to buy votes that will help him win re-election in the upcoming election,” the source said.

This week, DM168 wrote questions to Jordaan and the organization’s chief executive regarding allegations of wrongdoing. But they received no response.

The source further claimed that Jordaan formed “a cult around him.”

“Jordaan and some of his NEC members help each other get elected by serving as election officers for each other. This is what is happening now where head office staff, NEC members are traveling around the country to make sure that undeserving people [return] in power…

“It is a state of total disaster prevailing in Safa, where every rule or provision of the constitution is ignored.”

Asked about the new governance committee that is expected to come into effect at the next ordinary Safa congress scheduled for March 26, recently announced by Govindasamy, the source said it would be illegal to have such a structure “because it does not is not in the constitution”.

“We don’t have such a committee in our constitution. Any committee must be approved by Congress, so let’s wait for Congress and see what happens,” the source said.

When Govindasamy was asked to respond to the allegation that Safa may be acting illegally by establishing a legal committee, he referred DM168 to Motlanthe, who did not respond to our question regarding the establishment of a governance committee. DM168

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