SAFA: Cheating rife in SA

2012-08-27 09:22

Johannesburg - Cheating amongst players, officials and referees continues to run rampant in the country, according to South African Football Association president Kirsten Nematandani.

The SAFA chief attended a joint workshop on match fixing and sports betting in football in Johannesburg on Saturday, with members from Interpol, FIFA and COSAFA also in attendance.

Nematandani blamed a lack of ethical standards for the continued cheating in the sport, saying: "Referees are being bribed and officials are making decisions to benefit themselves and their friends rather than the good of the game.

"And how many times do we still hear about age cheating in junior competitions. It has been going on for a long time now."

He added: "The problem is getting bigger. We need to put in place effective measures to counter this.

"We have to invest more in governance."

This weekend's work shop followed on from the stunning revelations last week which saw Kaizer Chiefs team manager Bobby Motaung arrested in connection with fraud charges relating to the building of the Mbombela Stadium, a 2010 World Cup venue which cost around R1.2billion to complete.

"It is now a matter of public record that we were targeted by a match fixing syndicate before the 2010 World Cup. In March this year FIFA came to investigate and we gave them our full co-operation.

"We hope to have the conclusion of their investigations soon," he added.


  • jason.children - 2012-08-27 09:52

    Nematandani blamed a lack of ethical standards for the continued cheating in the sport........................That says it all!

  • bob.small.7547 - 2012-08-27 09:58

    it's the African way....what else is news!

      fdalana - 2012-08-27 11:13

      yes,that means YOU are also included.

      fdalana - 2012-08-27 11:13

      yes,that means YOU are also included.

      MallyGold - 2012-08-28 20:41

      Yes Bob, factual information; verbal accounts and documentary evidence declares that in general, “us” Africans are most likely to be dishonest. These facts are corroborated by way of our government officials who willingly mire themselves in theft and corruption as easily as we eat breakfast. There is not one ruler that we can rely upon as being honest. The savagery of the ruling elite only seem to care about unbridled theft, corruption and greed. There is no honesty remaining in our country, just look at the state-sponsored theft in government and their sickening self-righteous call for citizens to be honest. Dishonesty is rampant in South Africa: More than half-a-million rand was stolen from a military base in Potchefstroom. R80m fell through the cracks in the Justice department. Tshwane city Municipal managers take R3m in salaries. The Limpopo department of health ordered R14m of expired medicine including antibiotics and HIV test kits on irregular contracts in exchange for kickbacks. Home affairs pays R33m for its Pretoria headquarters, more than one-and-a-half times what it previously paid for office space. Buffalo City Metro could not account for over R2-billion of its budget. 1 300 public service officials were charged with misconduct for corrupt activities. The Auditor-General said that more than R4 billion of irregular expenditure was wasted by municipal officials and went into the pockets of officials and their family members. It just goes on and on and on ...

      james.rossouw - 2012-08-28 23:38

      See Transparency International re honest/crooked countries.

  • sandra.j.rennie - 2012-08-27 10:27

    Well that's nothing new. What don't they cheat at should be the question ?

  • ruben.maistry - 2012-08-27 10:27

    If the leaders of our country are CORRUPT what do you expect from those who voted them in? Birds of a feather........

  • donovan.dunn.77 - 2012-08-27 11:21

    Starts at the top my man!

  • rob.bayliss.94 - 2012-08-27 12:45

    As in the playground/on the life!

  • tobydt - 2012-08-28 22:16

    "We have to invest more in governance." I see where this is going...

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