South Africa: Opposition calls for identification of FIFA bribery suspects

Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The official opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) on Thursday confirmed that it has called on Justice Minister Mike Masutha to reveal the FBI’s charge sheet into the US$10 million scandal that blew the lid of FIFA and implicated members of South Africa’s Local Organising Committee (LOC) earlier this year.

The charge sheet contains the names of two South African officials who have been implicated in this scandal and the DA is seeking confirmation whether the two South African officials fingered in the scandal are SA Football Association President Danny Jordaan and the association’s former president, Molefi Oliphant.

The DA said it will also submit parliamentary questions to get clarity on the progress made with the criminal investigation into the scandal.

“While we welcome the fact that the South African government has been collaborating with US law enforcement, Minister Masutha’s answer to the DA’s parliamentary question is vague and void of detail. His response does not confirm which two South Africans are going to be formally charged for their involvement in this scandal that has unfortunately blemished the FIFA 2010 Soccer World Cup that all South Africans held in such high esteem,” said DA MP Solly Malatsi in a statement issued to PANA.

The DA has laid charges against  Jordaan and Oliphant, which include fraud as well as corruption under Section 3 of the Prevention and Combating of Corrupt Activities Act, 2004.

“We have asserted that in the interests of justice the South African government shouldn't have to wait for a foreign government, including the U.S, to investigate allegations of bribery against two South Africans identified in the US Attorney General's indictment and now allegedly in the FBI’s charge sheet,” he added.

In a written parliamentary reply, Masutha said he and his department had received correspondence from the legal attaché of the FBI.

South Africa's involvement in the corruption scandal revolves around an alleged US$10 million bribe to secure the rights to host the 2010 World Cup.

The payment was made to the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF).

According to the FBI, Jack Warner, former President of CONCACAF and FIFA vice president, used portions of these payments for his own use.

He has been extradited from Trinidad to face corruption charges in the US.

The South African government has repeatedly claimed that the payment was simply a donation to the so-called African Diaspora Legacy Fund.
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