OUSTED SA Football Association executives, including Orlando Pirates boss Irvin Khoza and Molefi Oliphant, were set to pocket more millions from the proceeds of the Fifa World Cup taking place in 42 days' time.
The committee, led by Oliphant as president and Khoza as his deputy, voted at a meeting to reward members of the Local Organising Committee (LOC) board 10percent while Safa executives stood to pocket 5percent of the spoils, estimated at between R500million and R1billion - a windfall from the June 11 to July 11 soccer showpiece.
Shockingly, associations of Safa were to be given a paltry 5percent.
This was uncovered by Sowetan after a lengthy investigation and eventually confirmed by a number of highly-placed sources in the soccer fraternity.
It is believed that Safa would get about R1billion after the final whistle.
This means that the LOC board members, among them Transport Minister Sbu Ndebele, soccer boss Kaizer Motaung, Cosatu's Zwelinzima Vavi, Molefi Oliphant, Human Settlements Minister Tokyo Sexwale, Home Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Justice and Constitutional Development Minister Jeff Radebe, Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa and the then Safa executives stood to share around R50million.
Other LOC board members are International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane and soccer boss Leslie Sedibe.
Last year Khoza, who is the chairperson of the Premier Soccer League, raked in at least R30million in bonuses from football.
Khoza, PSL finance committee head Kaizer Motaung, executive member Mato Madlala, former chief executive Trevor Phillips and consultant Peter Mancer are to receive R50million for their role in securing the R500million Absa sponsorship deal and the R1,6billion TV deal, and individuals are to get more money than regions."
Another source added: "People who are fighting to lay their hands on this money won't get a cent. The bulk of the money should be directed towards development of football."
Khoza's cellphone rang unanswered last night. His spokesperson Dominic Ntsele said: "I won't be able to help because I am overseas."
Oliphant said he was not aware of the decision to stop the bonuses. "I don't want to run Safa from the grave ... I was president for 12 years. I played my part and can't respond to decisions by the current executive." Safa boss Kirsten Nematandani declined to comment.