safa calls for judicial inquiry

THE new Safa leadership will ask President Jacob Zuma to institute a judicial commission of inquiry into allegations of bribery in the local game.

THE new Safa leadership will ask President Jacob Zuma to institute a judicial commission of inquiry into allegations of bribery in the local game.

This according to Safa vice president Mwelo Nonkonyana after former PSL general manager Ace Ncobo alleged that the highest bribe was R45000 to fix one match.

Ncobo told Sunday World that he had already presented a dossier about bribery activities to Safa.

Ncobo said he handed over the report to Safa in the presence of Judge Graham Mushwana, who had been appointed to investigate bribery in soccer.

This, according to the report, was presented to Safa after the Safa-PSL joint liaison committee meeting last Thursday.

"I was part of the same Safa-PSL joint liaison meeting, but I don't remember any dossier being presented to the Safa leadership," he said.

Alpha Mchunu, Safa referees' committee convener, agreed: "I was part of the joint liaison committee meeting. No such report was presented. Why would there be a different report from the one given to Mushwana? All I can say is that we are very interested in the report, especially as convener of the referees committee," he said.

Nonkonyana said Safa was hellbent on uprooting rotten elements involved in bribery.

Ncobo, who could not be reached for comment, said he was in possession of affidavits from referees who claim to have been bribed by the administrators, which is part of the dossier.

"We are interested in all the bribery reports. The new Safa leadership wants to clean our football as part of its transformation strategy. For now we have decided to wait until the Judge Mushwana Commission has completed its investigations. We will be guided by the recommendations. We are also planning to ask President Jacob Zuma to institute a judicial commission of inquiry into the matter.

"That would also help in compelling all the people involved to give evidence," said Nonkonyana, adding that the new Safa leadership would not hide any report from the public.

"We are saying our football must be transformed. So there is no report that will be hidden."

Reports from two previous commissions of inquiry were never made public. These were the findings of the Pickard Commission into corruption and Operation Dribble that dealt with allegations of briberyl in the game.

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