Zuma to tackle match-fixing inquiry

President Jacob Zuma will have to set the terms for an inquiry into the soccer match-fixing scandal.

President Jacob Zuma. Picture: GCIS

CAPE TOWN - The Department of Sports and Recreation and the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (Sascoc) on Tuesday said the South African Football Association (Safa) match-fixing inquiry is solely in the hands of government.

Safa hit the headlines for all the wrong reasons with claims of alleged match-fixing taking place in warm up games ahead of the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

The ministry said the matter was now with President Jacob Zuma who had the power to set up a judicial commission of inquiry.

It said Zuma would set the terms of reference.

Safa requested to be part of the process.

According to the department, a body subject to an investigation cannot be party to setting up the probe.

It said Sport Minister Fikile Mbulula's recent visit to FIFA was only to reassure the international body that government was not interfering with football.

Several Safa officials, including president Kirsten Nematandani, were suspended in December because of the allegations.

In January, they were reinstated following meetings with Mbalula.

The rigged matches apparently took place in friendlies involving Bafana Bafana.