Hawks to swoop on SAFA brass
Kirsten Nematandani (Gallo)
Johannesburg - The Hawks are poised to arrest several prominent soccer officials in
connection with the alleged R8-million match-fixing scam involving
Bafana Bafana games, according to a Sowetan report
The arrests will "shake South African football to its core", according to Hawks spokesman Paul Ramaloko.
A special Hawks team and international law enforcement agencies are
sifting through documents recently seized in raids on several Safa
officials' offices and homes, and the offices of foreign football
Ramaloko said the Hawks had been investigating the case since early
this year, but a complaint of corruption was laid only this week and a
criminal investigation was officially opened only on Wednesday.
This follows the suspension of the president of South Africa's football association (SAFA) and four
other leading officials in the wake of a FIFA report
into a match-fixing scandal.
Kirsten Nematandani and a quartet of SAFA administrators, including new chief executive officer Dennis Mumble
have been relieved of duty for their role in the fixing of four
friendlies South Africa played ahead of the 2010 Soccer World Cup.
A FIFA investigation into the activity of convicted Singaporean
match-fixer Wilson Perumal and his Football 4U organisation highlighted
the involvement of the five South African officials, a press briefing
The results of matches against Thailand, Bulgaria,
Colombia and Guatemala in the weeks leading up the 2010 World Cup were
found to have been pre-arranged to benefit an Asian betting syndicate.