Simon Nare, Mfundekelwa Mkhulisi and Sibongile Mashaba
Where are the offices of R1 million a month Bafana Bafana coach Carlos Alberto Parreira?
Yesterday the South African Football Association (Safa) could not show us, after denying on Sunday that they had a problem accommodating the Brazilian, pictured.
At the time they were still pleading with World Cup Local Organisation Committee (LOC) chief executive Danny Jordaan to accommodate the coach.
Sowetan found out on Sunday that Parreira had to vacate his office in the LOC's building on February 28 because the lease had expired. But Safa had forgotten to arrange alternative accommodation for the coach.
"These are the former offices of the LOC in Sandton," said a source. "Safa had asked the LOC to allow Parreira to squat there when they [the LOC] moved to Safa House on February 15."
The LOC was initially scheduled to move out of the offices on February 28. It was only on February 26 that they woke up to the embarrassment of not having provided new offices for Parreira.
On Sunday, when we confronted Hack with the information, he retorted: "Absolute rubbish. Parreira has an office."
Safa spokesman Morio Sanyane supported him: "The coach, assistant and Gugu Marawa [Safa spokesman] are temporarily housed at Safa House. It is not true that the coach does not have an office."
However, when Sowetan arrived at Safa House yesterday, the receptionist emphatically denied that Parreira's office was situated there.
"No, he doesn't have an office here. He's been here several times. Safa president Molefi Oliphant has an office here, but he has not been here."
Dennis Mumble, who Sanyane had said would show Sowetan Parreira's office, was locked in a meeting.
When told that Parriera's office was not at LOC, Sanyane retorted: "We were informed last week by [chairman of Safa's commercial wing] Mwelo Nonkonyane that Parreira and his assistant would be accommodated at LOC."
Sanyane then referred Sowetan to Nonkonyane.
Nonkonyane said: "Parreira was actually supposed to have moved in on March 1, but he has been busy visiting training sessions of clubs," he said.
This is the second administrative blunder by the organisation involving the national coach.
Last month Sowetan revealed that Parriera and his assistant, Sairo Lopes Cesar Leal, were working illegally because they didn't have work permits. They was issued permits days after Sowetan published the story.