Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - The South African Football Association (SAFA) on Wednesday saluted the appointment of government Minister Tokyo Sexwale to the media committee of world soccer's governing body, FIFA.
Sexwale, who serves as the Human Settlements Minister and is viewed as a strong contender for the presidency of the country, was a member of the FIFA fair play committee during South Africa’s successful hosting of the 2010 World Cup.
He is also a former a member of the FIFA development committee.
SAFA president Kirsten Nematandani said the appointment is a vote of confidence for the role South Africans are playing in promoting football around the continent.
In the 1970s and 1980s, Sexwale was imprisoned on Robben Island for his anti-apartheid activities, alongside such figures as Nelson Mandela.
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