Thursday, April 29, 2010

Soccer and Government Officials Implicated in Million-Dollar Graft Case

A new investigation by the Sowetan newspaper alleges that a committe had voted to give members of the Local Organizing Committee and the South African Football Association a deep cut of the proceeds from the 2010 World Cup. Many high ranking government officials have been implicated in the investigation. Roughly 50 million Rand (~$6.7 million USD) would have been split by the officials. The payoffs have been referred to by some officials as "bonuses".

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 5 percent.

This was uncovered by Sowetan after a lengthy investigation and eventually confirmed by a number of highly-placed sources in the soccer fraternity.

Ousted Safa bosses’ plan to loot R500m
April 29, 2010