SA to establish match-fixing inquiry

An independent judicial commission of inquiry will be set up to probe match-fixing allegations.

An independent judicial commission of inquiry will be set up to probe match-fixing allegations. Picture: GCIS

JOHANNESBURG - Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula, South African Football Association (Safa) President Kirsten Nematandani and Fifa on Friday agreed to institute a judicial commission of inquiry into match-fixing allegations.

The match-fixing accusations related to warm up matches played by Bafana Bafana shortly before the 2010 Fifa World Cup.

The three parties met in Zurich on Friday to make sure that they were all on the same page regarding the steps to be followed in probing the allegations.

Fifa Secretary General Jerome Valke, Safa and the Sports Department agreed that the independent inquiry would be set-up by the South African government.

The mandate of the judicial investigation will be limited to matters relating to Bafana Bafana's friendly matches.

Fifa also proposed that the judicial body of its ethics committee should be part of the commission.

It is still unclear when the inquiry will begin.

Five Safa officials, including Nematandani and acting chief executive Dennis Mumble, were suspended in December after they were implicated in the Fifa corruption probe.

They were later reinstated after Safa's national executive committee overturned the decision in January.