Ex-Pirates manager jailed

2013-02-12 17:58

Cape Town - Former Orlando Pirates soccer club manager Phil Setshedi was sentenced on Tuesday to three years' imprisonment for corruption.

The Bellville Specialised Commercial Crime Court imposed an additional five years' imprisonment, which was suspended.

Magistrate S Sonnenberg said there was "no such thing as a free first offence" in a response to a suggestion by defence attorney Marcello Steven that Setshedi's full sentence be suspended because he was a first-time offender.

Setshedi, 57, was convicted of corruptly paying a police official posing as the chief referee R2 000 to fix soccer matches in the Vodacom soccer tournament in June 2011.

Sonnenberg said the father of two had failed in his duty to set an example for his children.

"Young children looked up to you as a soccer legend, but even off the soccer field you have to set an example to children."

She said Setshedi had brought shame and embarrassment on his wife and family.

"Laymen call it match-fixing, but you are being sentenced for corruption, in terms of the Prevention of Corruption Act," Sonnenberg told Setshedi.

The community expected honesty and integrity from people of his age and standing, she said.

"It is not too late for you to start afresh with honesty."

It was sad, but understandable, that Setshedi's health had suffered from the trauma of the case.

"By their very nature, criminal trials are very stressful to the accused," said Sonnenberg.

Setshedi lived in the upmarket Johannesburg suburb of Sandton, and the three luxury vehicles he owned were indications that life had been good to him.

She said Setshedi had specially travelled to Cape Town in June 2011 to bribe the referee to ensure that Mpumalanga Sevutsa Stars won two matches.

Sonnenberg referred to the testimony of a referee who had received numerous bribes to fix matches, and to that of an expert involved in the Hawks' investigation, Captain Lourens Grill, who told of the extreme difficulty in exposing corruption in sport.

According to Grill, investigations were time-consuming and manpower intensive.

He had asked the court to jail Setshedi, because the international soccer community was watching the outcome of the case.

He said the SA Football Association and soccer's world governing body FIFA had committed themselves to a zero tolerance approach to corruption, and had even established a hotline in their efforts to root out the evil.

Sonnenberg said match-fixing had become an international epidemic.

She said the soccer community, national and international, expected the courts to exact revenge on their behalf, and that judicial officials were trained not to be pressured into imposing sentences that were inappropriate.


  • ikarolia1 - 2013-02-12 18:24

    Sad to learn that Phil ┬░Mr Jones┬░Setshedi a former Pirates captain

  • Robert - 2013-02-12 18:28

    All you poor disadvantaged idiots are so corrupt...the whole lot, ANC, from back to bone....I love this country and people with all my heart but all these people are making sure when the s@it hits the fan,they are all $illionaires...if not billionaires. Sick to the core!!! Shame on all of you!!!

      nkala.popo - 2013-02-12 20:16

      No wonder y ANC is so popular bcos ur obssesed wit dis party,dis has got notin 2 do wit dis party is about soccer bro

      sicelo.brukwe.9 - 2013-02-12 20:52

      White people are sore losers and to make things worse they like to start cheap politics while good people talk about sport. One piece of sh**t is going to disagree with me!

      tinotenda.panashe - 2013-02-13 09:56

      Surely if News24 is sensitive and fair should pull out this racist comment by Robert. This guy belongs in the past or among the Nazis

      walter.mthethwa.5 - 2013-02-13 12:33

      Whatever you just smoke, please don't share with the whole nation because its worse than nyaope. We support the sentencing but you decide to miss the point and kick a pole.

  • bernard.bavana - 2013-02-12 18:39

    No one is bigger than the law

      uzziphathele.tshabalala - 2013-02-12 18:48

      Bavana u wrong,Mr Zuma is above the law

      siphom.mnguni - 2013-02-12 19:02

      Uziphathele.tshabalala:) I also disagree with you. No-one is above the law, especially in a constitutional democracy. But just for now his party is in power and therefore it is abusing the state's resources to their benefit. Just take a look at Charles Taylor, where is he? Slobodan Milosovic? Radovan Karazic, to mention just a few. What happened to Gaddafi?

  • tlotlo.phele - 2013-02-12 19:08

    Let him pay for his sins

  • sicelo.brukwe.9 - 2013-02-12 20:15

    The Mighty Sea Robbers!!

  • rory.beckett.96 - 2013-02-12 20:28

    What's the chance of him getting a cell next to shabir shake shake?

  • dineo.malwale - 2013-02-12 20:31


  • dsundire - 2013-02-12 20:58

    R2000 is nothing as compared to what SAFA bosses were paid to fix 2010 warm-up matches

      tinotenda.panashe - 2013-02-13 09:57

      How much were SAFA bosses paid wena dsundire? Don't make sweeping statements without justificcation.

  • caswell.mnisi.9 - 2013-02-13 06:28

    Just jail him and throw the keys away

  • solly.beyi - 2013-02-13 07:21

    Crime does not pay. I hope all the Club bosses/Managers/players/fans are learning from this experience.

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