Baxter wanted to have his cake and eat it when he wanted a payout to leave Bafana while also lining himself up for a big signing-on fee and salary at Naturena. His employers know very well that they cannot even think of firing him before they consider the financial implications.
Safa's dire fiscal troubles have been well-documented this year, with the federation having suffered a R20m loss.
They literally cannot afford to fire Baxter. This is fuelled by the fact that Safa's biggest source of revenue - the SABC - is in a financial crisis.
Safa makes 70% of its income from the SABC, which amounts to about R100m a year. In the last two weeks, the two bodies have had public spats that suggest the matter is far from being resolved. Like it or not, for better or worse, we are stuck with Baxter for now at least.