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Hawks to swoop on SAFA brass

2012-12-20 07:30

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 associations.

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 was told.

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.


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Comments
  • daniel.motlhatlhedi - 2012-12-20 07:53

    Maybe they have been fixing PSL games aswell. We realy lack patriotes and we must shy away from involving criminals/politicians in our beautifull game sports. Hope they all get fired nd banned from sports for a life time.

      sanda.mnyazi - 2012-12-20 11:03

      CSA?

      staal.burgher - 2012-12-21 02:17

      That's right. Keep them busy. Don't want them interfering with our great leaders' business of plundering the state.

      vincent.s.phillips - 2012-12-31 03:12

      CSA? AND WHILE AT IT THEY MIGHT WANT TO PROBE THULAS, BUTI MANAMELA, BLADE, CDE CRONIN AND OTHER WELL-HEELED PSUEDO COMMUNISTS. ADD VAVI BUT DISREGARD THE BOERBULL BECAUSE THAT WAS A GIFT, UNDECLARED AS IT WAS!

  • smadingoaneng - 2012-12-20 08:03

    that is good move to arrest those who are involved. we dont need fake success in this country.

  • ian.robertreid - 2012-12-20 08:19

    Go in Hawks ~ take these corruptors down?

  • marc.grondein - 2012-12-20 08:30

    The local football must also be investigated............

  • Ayanda Welcome Sibisi - 2012-12-20 08:46

    Nemathandani? im shocked....the only humble Venda? speechless

      fdalana - 2012-12-20 15:07

      corruption has nothing to do with race or tribe. Its only a question of how brainless people end up as leaders!

  • darrel.botes - 2012-12-20 08:56

    If this is happening in football then it could just as easily be happening in Rugby too. Mind you, that might explain why the Sharks lost the Currie Cup :(

      Skwertno1 - 2012-12-20 09:26

      You wish Darrel, maybe why the Bulls didn't get to the final, but the sharks LOST

      donavan.boshoff - 2012-12-20 09:59

      Good one Darrel, you must be one of those intelligent okes.

  • sandiso.vuso - 2012-12-20 09:00

    Let them suffer if they are involve...........

  • pieter.bester - 2012-12-20 09:14

    Hope they get the same public humiliating treatment as Hansie got!!!

  • magau.thomas - 2012-12-20 09:19

    This so I'm very disappointed of this match fixing

  • Tshepo Mongale - 2012-12-20 09:22

    let them rot in jail.

  • Andrew McMurray - 2012-12-20 09:42

    i hope that this isn't a hoax story....like the eagle video. Hahaha ; )

  • Mike - 2012-12-20 09:52

    Bye bye kirsten - bubba awaits.

  • Spha - 2012-12-20 09:56

    why nt swoop on d crooks 1st and do the talking later! could dis b a Khoza v Jordan fight turning more ugly?

  • Hansie.Crook - 2012-12-20 09:58

    Asia and its Betting Syndicates!!!!! Look what they made Hansie Cronje do... and look at what they are doing to the Pakistan cricket

      sarah.bouttell - 2012-12-20 11:33

      Hansie chose. No one MADE him do anything. He was human, he made a bad choice. I was incredibly sad that he was the fall guy for the entire cricket world, and the gambling debacle, but, he was lured by a better life style. I think he only truly realised the real cost of his choice, when he saw the toll on his family. He tried hard to make amends, but there was just so much he couldn't say.

  • PERCYMN - 2012-12-20 11:39

    U dont win elections agaisnt Irvin Khoza

  • deja.skenka - 2012-12-20 12:18

    Kgale ke buile gore Kirsten le ba bangwe ba apere dibaki di le ditona mo go bone. Serves them right. Ba ne ba ka tsotsa tsotsi e tona jwang? Ba tla itse.

  • marco.calitz.7 - 2012-12-20 12:43

    The question then is, how did they fix matches, surely the players had to be in on it as well?

  • Scott - 2012-12-20 14:10

    Another scam everyone should be aware of is the Amway Tool Scam. Google StopTheAmwayToolScam for more information, and forward this to every non-IBO you know, so they don't get scammed.

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