COMMISSION TO LOOK INTO SAFA ALLEGATIONS
By: Mncedisi Goge
An Independent Judicial Commission of Enquiry has been set up to look into the match-fixing saga surrounding the South African Football Association (SAFA). After a meeting held at the FIFA’s head office in Zurich, on Friday 5 April attended by SAFA president, Kirsten Nematandani, Sports Minister, Fikile Mbalula and FIFA Secretary General, Jerome Valcke, it was endorsed that this Commission be setup immediately.
Nematandani briefed the National Executive Committee about what transpired in the meeting and it was agreed that the Commission be set up as a matter of urgency. The NEC also recommended that the Commission should only be limited to the friendly matches leading up to the 2010 World Cup which were played in May 2010 against Thailand, Bulgaria, Colombia and Guatemala.
SAFA recommended that no past or present officials involved in football be part of the Commission. Among the three-member committee is Chair of the FIFA’s Ethics Committee, Michael Garcia.
The NEC further recommend that the commission should complete its work in a period of three months within its establishment and after its findings, they will have an additional month to submit a final report to president Jacob Zuma.