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ANCYL welcomes Safa officials' reinstatement

The ANCYL says due process needs to be followed before the Safa officials are dismissed.

The ANCYL says due process needs to be followed before the Safa officials are dismissed. Picture: Taurai Maduna/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The ANC Youth League on Sunday welcomed the reinstatement of South African Football Association (Safa) officials following their suspension due to alleged match-fixing.

Five Safa officials, including its president Kirsten Nematandani and acting CEO Dennis Mumble, were allegedly working with a group based in Singapore, Football 4U, in a bid to fix matches leading up the 2010 Soccer World Cup.

All five officials were suspended in December following the FIFA report which implicated them.

They were reinstated on Saturday, at least until the investigation was complete.

The ANCYL says the suspensions should not have occurred until the investigation had come to an end.

The league's spokesperson Khusela Sangoni-Khawe says match-fixing is a serious allegation.

"There should be due process before any decision of guilt or otherwise is assigned to an individual. We are saying the SAFA officials and its president should have been afforded an opportunity to clear themselves before they were suspended."

A full commission of inquiry will continue into the alleged match-fixing.

Chairman of Safa's legal committee Poobie Govindasamy said, "The idea is not to sweep the matter under the carpet.

"At the end of the day, justice must be done and people who have been responsible for the misconduct have to dealt with severely."