Hawks arrest Safa referee

Clifford Malgas is accused of facilitating bribes during Vodacom League playoffs in 2011.


JOHANNESBURG - The Hawks have confirmed the arrest of a South African Football Association (Safa) referee in connection with match fixing in the sport.

Clifford Malgas was arrested in Eldorado Park on Thursday, where he worked as an administrator.

He's allegedly been linked to the trail of former Bafana Bafana coach Phil Setshedi, who was found guilty of bribing a referee to fix a match in the Vodacom League in 2011.

Setshedi was sentenced to eight years in jail in February this year.

On Thursday Puma announced it was terminating its sponsorship with Safa with immediate effect. It cited the ongoing match-fixing allegations and what it calls inappropriate responses from within the organisation and the suspension of senior officials.

The association's president Danny Jordaan confirmed the sports apparel brand terminated its contract with the association back in January 2013.

Jordaan maintained that Puma's termination was not all linked to match fixing within the sport.

Hawks spokesman Paul Ramakgopa says, "Mr Malgas was arrested yesterday during a sting operation by Safa and the Hawks. He is facing corruption charges in that he facilitated bribery during Vodacom and National playoffs in Cape Town in 2011."

The Hawks say more arrests are expected soon.