Safa wants inquiry into match-fixing

Safa wants an independent commission of inquiry to investigate allegations of match-fixing.

JOHANNESBURG - The South African Football Association (Safa) on Saturday said it would establish an independent commission of inquiry to probe allegations of match-fixing around Bafana Bafana's World Cup 2010 preparations.

At a special meeting held earlier, the association's National Executive Committee (NEC) announced it would meet with the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (Sascoc) to discuss who will be part of the inquiry.

The Safa NEC decided to not suspend senior executives, who were implicated in the match-fixing scandal, but instead the organisation said it would wait for the inquiry to complete its work.

Vice President Chief Mwelo Nonkonyana said, “We must actually deal with this matter as soon as possible and it is the view of the National Executive Committee that the matter must be disposed of as quickly as possible.”

Safa late in 2012 put its managers, including President Kirsten Nematandani, on administrative leave in the aftermath of the saga.

However, soon after the organisation back tracked on the decision and reinstated the suspended officials.