Johannesburg - Global football body Fifa has
distanced itself from an inquiry into the SA Football Association's
(SAFA) finances and internal affairs.
This emerged on Thursday
from a letter to SAFA president Kirsten Nematandani and sport minister
Fikile Mbalula from FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke.
Valcke said he had not agreed for the South African government to set up an inquiry into anything other than match fixing.
our meeting, it was decided that an independent judicial commission of
enquiry would be set up by the South African government, whose mandate
would be limited to investigating the irregularities related to friendly
matches prior to the 2010 Fifa World Cup," Valcke wrote.
FIFA proposed that one of the members of the commission be Michael J
Garcia, the chairman of the investigatory chamber of the Fifa ethics
Valcke met Mbalula and Nematandani in Zurich, Switzerland, earlier this month.
said any issues aside from the global body's report into alleged
corruption ahead of the World Cup should be dealt with by SAFA, and not
"Otherwise this would constitute interference in the
internal affairs of Safa by a third party and would clearly violate the
principles contained in articles 13 and 17 of the FIFA statutes."
a joint statement on Wednesday, the sport ministry and the SA Sports
Confederation and Olympic Committee (Sascoc) said SAFA had been on a
downward spiral since the 2010 global showpiece.
"SAFA has been making headlines for all the wrong reasons," they said.
"Football-loving South Africans have been exposed to diatribes and serious allegations."
long list of allegations included match-fixing, inappropriate use and
disbursement of the Fifa legacy trust funds, and corruption, were
highlighted in an anonymous document dropped off at Sascoc's office in
A KPMG report into SAFA's finances also revealed the football body was R92 million in the red and on the brink of bankruptcy.
Mbalula and Sascoc said they could not ignore the multitude of allegations against the national football federation.
forward, the matter is in the hands of the South African government and
we will consider it, taking into account the merits and demerits of
each proposal [made] to us," the ministry and Sascoc said.
Mbalula was unable to appoint commissions, and only President Jacob Zuma could do so in terms of the Commissions Act.
It was also Zuma's prerogative to construct the terms of reference, define the scope, and set time-frames for the inquiry.