Johannesburg - The SA Football Association (SAFA) said on Saturday that
it would fight in court to ensure disciplinary hearings into sexual misconduct
allegations against its Cape Town vice-president Vernon Seymour were not
"If this person is found guilty he will be fired and
banned from football,” said Safa Cape Town Norman Arendse in a statement.
He said that the organisation was pursuing allegations
that Seymour "used his position to try and extract sexual favours from a
young female colleague".
Seymour had obtained an urgent court interdict to stop
disciplinary hearings which had been going on in December.
"The granting of this interdict is deplored because
the purpose of hearings was to give Mr. Seymour an opportunity to be
heard," said Arendse.
He said SAFA and the African National Championships
(CHAN) of which Seymour was competitions manager, would oppose the granting of
a final interdict.
Arendse said Seymour was suspended from SAFA on November
2, the day after the allegations were brought to the organisation's attention.
A disciplinary hearing was instituted shortly afterwards.
Once informed of the alleged sexual misconduct, CHAN also
suspended him and sought to hold their own disciplinary hearings.
"Since then Mr. Seymour has repeatedly failed to
present himself at hearings and sought postponement after postponement. He also
offered to resign from CHAN," said Arendse.
He said CHAN had also rejected the offer because they
wanted justice to be done in an "open and transparent process".
The Saturday Star reported that Seymour sought the
interdict in the Western Cape High Court, denying the allegations and
complaining that the two disciplinary hearings were based on the same claims.
Judge Bennie Griesel ruled that the parties be in court
on January 21 to show why the disciplinary action should not be stayed pending